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More Deer Means You Can Expect More Ticks

With everyone staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it should come as no big surprise there have been less deer strikes on the highway.  What does that mean for us this summer and this coming fall? Likely, more ticks.

At least three states have reported a decrease in vehicle-animal collisions since the COVID-19 pandemic.  This means that there will be more deer in the wild and visiting your yard. Homeowners can expect to see more deer damage as well as more ticks!

More Ticks Means More Lyme Disease Risk

The National Capital Lyme Association reported in early spring that the tick population was expected to be higher due to the mild winter in the Washington DC metropolitan region. Now, we can also expect more ticks due to more deer.

Some scientists have actually suggested the increase in Lyme Disease can partially be attributed to the stability in the deer population.

NoVa Deer Shield has certainly heard from new customers they are seeing a large increase in ticks.  Some customers report that they haven’t been bothered by ticks for years, until this year.

Tick Treatment Options for Your Yard

We typically use an organic product but have been suggesting in severe situations we knock the tick population down by using a quick-acting synthetic, followed by organics.  Ticks will begin hatching next month, which means that you should give us a call now!

You can also learn more about how to prevent ticks in our blog on tick prevention: Prevent Ticks in Your Yard

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