Does Climate Change Call For Better Tick Control To Combat Lyme Disease?
Whether it’s global warming, or merely a warm spell, the hotter temperatures could cause a tick control crisis.
Although many people are not convinced about global warming, it’s undeniable that the past decade has been one of the hottest on record.
Similarly, the northeast was hit by an unusually mild winter; with barely any snowfall at all.
This, warn experts from the Yale School of Medicine, could be the start of a Lyme disease explosion.
“The environmental changes wrought by global warming will undoubtedly result in major ecologic changes that will alter patterns and intensity of some infectious diseases,” claims professor of epidemiology and public health Gerald Friedland.
“Climate change could be reversing the longer life span of ticks in the north, where it is colder,” agrees Maria Diuk-Wasser assistant professor of epidemiology at Yale, “therefore increasing production of ticks. Scientists have already found an effect of climate change on the distribution of Lyme disease in their data.”
The result, most predict, will be an increase in the density of ticks throughout the United States – and a higher incident of tick bites and Lyme disease as a result.
For homeowners, the risk will come in a higher number of ticks entering their property; mostly carried there by deer, mice or tick-carrying birds. After dropping off one host, ticks begin “questing” for their next blood meal – which could be a family pet, a child, or the homeowner themselves.
The most effective way to reduce the risk of Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites in the first place. You can do this by getting rid of ticks from your landscape and property. Talking to a tick control specialist like the experts at Aspenn Environmental Services is a great first step.
They can eliminate ticks with a tick spray treatment, and then help keep your property tick free all year round with a yard spray for ticks. The result is a significant reduction in tick density; meaning your family and pets can enjoy your lawn and landscape safely and confidently.
With the tick population set to increase, and the risk of Lyme disease spiking higher than ever, this form of pre-emptive tick control is more important than ever to protect yourself and your family.