Spring is in full bloom and so is the tick population throughout the country. TruGreen, the nation’s leading professional lawn care company helping people live life outside, is releasing their first list of the U.S. cities most bothered by ticks.
Ticks can transmit disease and cause allergic reactions in both people and pets. For the first time, TruGreen is breaking out data on cities bothered by ticks because of the rising prevalence of tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year more than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationwide, and studies suggest that the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease is closer to 300,0001.
Based on TruGreen sales and service data, customers in these cities are most bothered by ticks in the U.S.:
- Chicago, IL
- Hartford, CT
- Boston, MA
- New Monmouth, NJ
- Washington, DC
- Rapid City, SD
- Boise, ID
- Dayton, OH
- Pittsburgh, PA
- St. Louis, MO
“Many people believe that ticks do not survive the winter, but ticks are extremely resilient and seek shelter in decaying foliage until temperatures rise,” said John Bell, board-certified entomologist and TruGreen regional technical manager. “As people head out into their yards to enjoy life outside this spring, we know protecting family and friends from disease-carrying insects is a priority.”
Consumers can help protect themselves and their families from ticks regardless of their geography by:
- Keeping grass no more than three inches high, trimming shrubs and other lawn vegetation, and moving decaying brush to reduce tick hiding places.
- Wearing long pants tucked into high socks to help reduce points of entry for ticks when spending time in or near high vegetation.
- Using a DEET-based insect repellant, especially on your ankles, wrists and neck.
- Outfitting your pets with flea and tick collars to help decrease ticks over time and reduce ticks in the home.
- Considering the suggestion of the Centers for Disease Control and use a professional lawn care company to help reduce your exposure to the threat of ticks.