FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ALMOST 50 YEARS, A NEW SPECIES OF TICK ARRIVES IN THE U.S. OHDEER IS READY


Longhorned tick (image credit: J. Occi/Rutgers Center for Vector Biology

ohDEER is the leader in all natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

When ohDEER launched, back in 2007 – yes, we are now in our second decade in business – we were responding to a growing, and still growing, need for all natural ways to keep deer and mosquitoes and ticks off people’s properties, and keep people healthy.

There are already too many chemicals and toxins in the environment.  In the battle against deer, against mosquitoes, and against ticks there is no need to introduce any more.

ohDEER provides service to a good portion of the U.S. Northeast – and we continue expand our geographic writ.

Through our corporate headquarters, in Wayland, MA, ohDEER provides service throughout the Metropolitan Boston West region.

Our franchise network, started back in 2014, already has nine franchisee locations:  Central Massachusetts, Massachusetts North Shore, Massachusetts South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, East End of Long Island (NY), and Central New Jersey.

A key element in the success of the approach of ohDEER to controlling deer, mosquitoes, and ticks is that we adjust and adapt our solutions and applications and methods to changes in the environment, and changes in the populations and movement and behavior of those creatures we are up against.

And we are always on heightened alert for any new, or potentially new, foes.

Well, there is a new foe out there – and we are keeping our eye on it, and are ready … and working to be more ready … to take it on.

We are talking about the longhorned tick, also called the Asian longhorned tick – the first new tick species to appear in the United States in almost 50 years.

Yes, the longhorned tick’s origin is Asia – but it is in the U.S. now.  It was originally thought that the first longhorned tick in America had been found last November on a farm in Hunterdon County, NJ, but a subsequent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed that a longhorned tick had been removed from a dog in Union County, New Jersey, in 2013.

Longhorned ticks are spreading along the Eastern Seaboard, and have been identified in eight states.

For now, public health experts and officials are concerned, yet not overly alarmed, with the arrival of the longhorned tick.

Unlike the ticks that ohDEER is routinely up against, studies of longhorned ticks in the U.S. have not discovered in the species any diseases harmful to humans.

Longhorned ticks are, though, an immediate threat to livestock.  Following is an excerpt from a USA Today story, “Health officials sound alarm as invasive tick, new to US, spreads,” written by Jim Hook, Scott Fallon, Nick Muscavage and Joseph Spector, published August 7.

 “The longhorned tick can transmit an animal disease called theileriosis to livestock. The disease can reduce milk production in dairy cows and cause blood loss in and the occasional death of calves. Sheep farmers can see poorer wool.”

Please click here to be taken to the full USA Today story.

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It is here – the longhorned tick.

Rest assured that ohDEER, if necessary, will employ all natural means to make residential yards and business properties unhappy and unwelcome and inhospitable places for longhorned ticks – just like we do for all other species of ticks … and for deer and mosquitoes, as well.

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