While it defies reason and seems unlikely, you were quite likely not mistaken when you saw a tick on the beach this summer. While there is not a lot of thick grass, a ton of deer or trees for shade, ticks will venture out on the sand looking for a blood meal when conditions are right.
While it certainly would be less likely in the heat of the summer sun, in May a man found a tick in his hair after spending time on the beach in Ocean City.
How Do Ticks Get To the Beach?
Consider for a moment the animals you do see on the beach. Seagulls? Pigeons. Dogs. Horses. And certainly, deer will wander out on the beach when people are not present if near a forested area. Birds, dogs, horses, and other small mammals can all carry ticks to the beach where they fall off and look for their next host.
How Do Ticks Survive on the Beach?
Tall seagrass makes a perfect habitat for ticks. They can hide and stay cool. They can also climb to the top of the blades to make finding their next host a piece of cake. Have you ever dragged your chairs, cooler and beach towels through seagrass to find the perfect spot on the sand? Ticks could be lurking.
Depending on what you are planning for the day, repellent might not be a reasonable suggestion for your beach outing. That being said, if you can’t use permethrin on your clothes, or DEET on your skin, be sure to follow the other steps of the tick safety protocol. Including checking yourself for ticks after a day at the beach. Take a shower when you get home and make sure to check from toe to head for stow-aways. Throw all your clothing, towels and other fabrics in the dryer on high to kill off any ticks that didn’t make it to your body yet.
At Mosquito Squad of the North Shore, we urge you to take tick precautions no matter where your outdoor adventures take you. And when you’re at home, enjoying your own property, remember our tick control program can lower your risks for tick bites. Call today to get started. 978-887-1177
Ticks in the North Shore are ridiculous. This isn’t new information. You probably don’t scroll through internet news or social media without reading about deer ticks and Lyme disease and the problem that they are causing us in North Shore and all of Massachusetts. But ticks really aren’t the only pests you need to be aware of.
Big, Sharp Teeth Don’t Necessarily Equate Danger
Thanks to Gates Notes, we know which animals are most deadly to humans.
When you think of dangerous animals are they large with big teeth? Sharks maybe? In 2015 of the top 20 most deadly animals sharks came in last, only killing 6 people, and still, shark bites make the news as if they are the most dangerous thing you can encounter.
Next, still in the realm of sharp teeth, we have crocodiles. They were way above sharks at annual 1,000 kills. Sounds like a lot and yet the sandfly killed over 24,000 people in 2015. Apparently, size and sharpness of teeth really aren’t a contributing factor to most dangerous.
Mosquitoes are the Deadliest Animal on Earth
As we get to the top of the list it’s unfortunate to find that humans come in second with a whopping 580,000, but keep in mind that includes all accidental deaths, war, and homicide. So what is first? First is mosquitoes and by A LOT.
In 2015, 830,000 people died due to mosquito-borne illness. Maybe we don’t talk about mosquitoes as much in Massachusetts as we do ticks but they are here. They are here and these days vectors of illness’ geographic locations are growing and changing due to climate change and international travel. We need to be more aware than ever of how that can affect us.
Ticks and mosquitoes: both pests, both dangerous. The good news is there is a solution for eliminating both ticks and mosquitoes at home and Mosquito Squad of the North Shore is it. Taking care of your yard and outdoor area requires effort on your part. Keeping the area clean of possible habitats is important. However professional treatment can take the headache out of being protected. Our services will eliminate 85-90% of ticks and mosquitoes from your yard. Call us for more information. We want to be a part of your protection plan. 978-887-1177