Category Archives: Central Mass tick control

Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Why are These Conditions so Difficult to Distinguish?

Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia can be tricky to differentiate. With some shared symptoms, difficult diagnostics, and the unfortunately shared trait of having a large population of doubters, people suffering from one or more of these conditions can … Continue reading

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Middlesex County: A Babesiosis Hot Spot?

You most definitely know what Lyme disease is if you live in Central Massachusetts. Transmitted by deer ticks, you may not have experienced Lyme directly, but the epidemic proportion to which this disease exists within our area has created broad … Continue reading

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Hope in Central Massachusetts: The Land of Dangerous Tick-Borne Diseases

As tick control experts we often have the unfortunate job of informing the public about newly discovered or newly arrived dangerous tick-borne diseases. Babesiosis, which is transmitted to humans by deer ticks, was on that list in the last few … Continue reading

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Westford Tick Testing Discounted at UMass

At Mosquito Squad of Central Mass, we have often pointed to the importance of tick testing. Offered for a very reasonable $50 at UMass Amherst, tick testing is a great way to speed up the diagnosis should you become ill … Continue reading

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Why is it so Darn Difficult to Remove a Tick?

Living in Central Massachusetts, Tewksbury residents certainly know a thing or two about deer ticks. Tick populations are at epic proportions, making us experts in finding and removing ticks whether we like it or not. As we all know, deer … Continue reading

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Ancient Bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi Continues to Multiply: Spreading Lyme Disease at A Rapid Pace

It is commonly thought that Lyme disease originated in Lyme, Connecticut as it was first recognized there in the early 1970’s. But actually, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) was found in a 5,300-year-old mummified person in the … Continue reading

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Oy Vey! A New Vector of Dangerous Tick-Borne Diseases is Prevalent in Massachusetts

Because the threats we face from the plethora of deer ticks and wood ticks in Central Massachusetts wasn’t enough, we are now facing a threat from the Lone Star tick. The fast moving, disease-carrying pests are migrating to northern states, … Continue reading

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Deer Tick Genome Map: The Beginning of New Defenses Against Ticks & Tick-borne Diseases

For ten years entomologist, Catherine Hill at Purdue University and a team of 93 scientists from 46 institutions around the world have been studying ticks in effort to combat the dangerous tick-borne diseases that afflict thousands of people and animals … Continue reading

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Knowledge is Power in the Fight Against Ticks & Tick-borne Disease – 3 of our all-time favorite tick videos!

The Tick Encounter Resource Center (TERC), one of my all time favorite websites, offers some of the best information about protecting yourself from tick bites and tick-borne diseases. The Tick Encounter Resource Center from the University of Rhode Island is a leads … Continue reading

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Lyme Disease declared an epidemic by Massachusetts state health officials

Lyme Disease in Massachusetts has reached epic proportions. So much so that the state has declared it an epidemic. Sounds scary right? Well, it is, and it isn’t. In Massachusetts we’ve had the frequency of human cases go up over … Continue reading

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