How to keep your family safe from tick bites

This is a March 2002 file photo of a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. Lyme disease is about 10 times more common than previously reported, health officials said Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho, File)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Just a few weeks ago we were dealing with snow, sleet, and ice. Now we’re transitioning to scenes that look more like green lawns and flowers coming up.

But as spring warms up, a tiny and potentially life threatening bug is just waking up from winter. It is the season for ticks.

Ticks will begin hatching as soon as temperatures get into the 60s, and at that point they’ll begin looking for their spring meals. When the ticks do hatch, their first meal is usually a white footed field mouse. The white footed field mouse is where the ticks contract most, if not all, of the diseases that everyone is so desperate to avoid.


So what do you need to do to prevent you or your pet from getting a tick bite?

First off, stick to the safe areas of play. These are out in the open, with good exposure to the sun. The risk areas are ten feet from the edge of the woods, that’s where you’ll find the greatest incidents of ticks.


Frank Clancy, Chief Arborist of Greensprays in Milford, says getting a licensed professional to come out and spray an organic tick spray is the best way to prevent ticks in your yard.


“It is a perimeter spray,” Clancy said. “Basically spray all of the perimeter areas, habitat, woodlands, stonewalls, around shrubbery, around someone’s house.”


Spraying is typically done 3-5 times per year. In the spring, spraying kills baby ticks that people often associate with Lyme disease and other tick borne illnesses.

The summer spray will kill off the adults looking for the second meal, and the last spray in the Fall is most important. This spray kills off pregnant ticks and their eggs.


For all of the tips on keeping your family safe from ticks, or to watch the full interview with GreenSprays, head over to

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