Why Dedicated Tick Control?
Ticks…a Growing Concern
Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne illness in the United States and is on the rise. In some areas of the United States, as many as 40-70% of blacklegged ticks are infected with the Borellia burgdorferi bacteria. While Lyme disease is endemic in the Northeast and Upper Midwest states, other tick borne diseases, including Babesia, Ehrlicheosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis are also prevalent in these and other parts of the United States.
More Ticks in More Places
More ticks in more places, in your state, community, neighborhood and yes, your backyard. The reasons behind this increase are complex and involve multiple factors including:
- Ecological changes, possibly including climate change
- Shifts in land use patterns
- An increasing in wildlife populations (especially deer and rodents), and a closer association between humans and wildlife
- Changes in human behavior that have led to greater exposure risks
- Improvements in disease diagnosis, surveillance, and reporting practices.
Why Dedicated Tick Control?
95% of vector-borne diseases reported (within U.S. boundaries, excludes territories) in 2016 were tick related, yet Pest Management Professionals have devoted very little attention to these diseases. We regularly see entire issues of pest management magazines devoted to rodents, mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches and bed bugs, yet little attention is given to tick control. Tick species that transmit multiple disease agents are becoming a growing concern to people and companion animals throughout the United States and beyond. Mosquitoes account for merely 5% of vector-borne diseases!
Cases of nationally notifiable vector-borne diseases reported in the U.S., 2016. N=51,254 cases. Source: CDC
Lyme Disease - The Numbers
The number of confirmed human cases in the United States has been growing steadily since Lyme disease case definitions were first published in 1995. The graph displays the number of reported cases of Lyme disease from 1996 through 2016. In 2013, the CDC confirmed that the total number of cases is likely underreported by a factor of 10, thus yielding over 300,000 probable cases each year.
To put these numbers in prospective, consider the following:
- 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from just 14 states in 2015.
- Lyme disease was the 6th most common Nationally Notifiable disease in 2015, and the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the U.S.
- The number of Lyme cases reported annually in the U.S. has increased nearly 25x since national surveillance began in 1982.
- 34 - The number of new Lyme disease cases in the U.S. each hour, according to a CDC estimate.
- 822 - The number of new Lyme disease cases in the U.S. each day, according to CDC estimates.
- 5,770 - The number of New Lyme disease cases in the U.S. each week, according to CDC estimates.
- 25,000 - The number of new Lyme disease cases in the U.S. each month, according to CDC estimates.
- Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall a tick bite.
- Fewer than 50% of patients with Lyme disease recall any rash.
- Up to 40-70% of deer ticks in Lyme endemic areas are infected with at least one disease agent.
- 75% of all confirmed Lyme disease cases are contracted within 100 feet of the home
Top 14 States – 2016 Lyme Disease Incidence Rates and Case Counts
Incidence Rates (per 100,000 population) Case Count and Ranking
Where does your state rank?
Education & Awareness – A World of Difference
Mainely Ticks’ ® first responsibility is to educate, not exterminate. We raise the level of education and awareness throughout entire communities, and when necessary, deploy a well-defined, properly timed, environmentally conscious and professionally administered area treatment protocol to better protect families from future tick encounters. Most of our competitors focus on one thing – property based extermination.
A growing number of mosquito franchises have touted their expertise in tick treatment. While their recent efforts to raise the level of awareness about ticks is good, having an established treatment protocol and history of outreach is even better! Since 2005, our affiliate has distributed over 70,000 tick identification guides, bookmarks and brochures to residents of southern Maine while hosting scores of community based educational workshops and seminars. Remember, tick-borne diseases are preventable! See Events here
Tick Management through Education & Science
More than just our vision statement– it conveys our commitment to educate first!
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Looking to increase the level of education and awareness of tick-borne diseases in your community? This affordable bookmark is ideal for physicians, veterinarians, schools, libraries, scouting organizations, summer camps and various community and youth groups. The bookmark features a full-color tick identification guide, proper tick removal instructions, personal protection strategies and landscape modifications to make your property less tick friendly.
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