Pest Control Blog
10. Ticks crawl up Ticks don't jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.
9. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes
8. Ticks can be active even in the winter That's right! Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures, and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.
7. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes Tick-transmitted infections are more common these days than in past decades. With explosive increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks; and scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks: Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria. Back in the day, tick bites were more of an annoyance but now a bite is much more likely to make you sick.
6. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its "cousins" found around the world.
5. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick's saliva.
4. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin And with about 1 out of 4 nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other nasty germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it's important to know what you're really looking for. They're easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.
3. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer Using really pointy tweezers, it's possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter.
2. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites An easy way to avoid tick bites and disease is to wear clothing (shoes, socks, shorts or pants, and shirt) with Insect Shield® tick repellent built-in.
1. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable There's really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease and that's from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites.
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We're in the process of performing our first quarterly application of our "Peace of Mind" Pest control program. During this application we will be targeting pest both indoors and outdoors. The indoor treatment will be a spot crack & crevise treatment and the outdoor will be a full perimeter treatment. Subsequent applications will be performed on the outside only, unless otherwise requested by the homeowner.
After all the rain these last few months I am beginning to feel like I have opened up a mosquito hotel in my backyard! Not only does the pond have "No Vacancy" they are starting to camp out in pooling water and splitting the rent with the sparrows at the birdbath. In order to prevent the population from increasing further I have turned to Bt pellets (Bacillus thuringiensis), a non-toxic control that is safe for pets & wildlife. I also learned through my research that running water scares them off, so I have upgraded the pond to contain a waterfall. 2 bonuses in one!
Will the frigid winter we're having reduce bug populations this season?? You would think this would be the case, but actually the snow cover we've had most of the winter should cause the opposite to occur.
Even with sub-zero temperatures, soil temperatures in January averaged 32.9 degrees without the snow cover. Therefore, snow covered soil would be even warmer than that. A test was done in January during a -4 degree day and the soil temps were still holding at 29 degrees a couple inches below the surface, a 34 degree differance. In most cases, insects are going to be deeper than 2 inches... So for those of you hoping for a bug free summer, you may not want to count on it!
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Our Pest Management teams are experts on locating pest populations where they live and keeping them out of your home. We practice “Safe Spraying” techniques to ensure chemical is applied only in the areas where it is effective and safe. Our quarterly treatment schedule consists of four outdoor perimeter treatments, & one Indoor Treatment. We kill the bugs on the outside before they enter your home. This eliminates the need for indoor treatments which can cause inconvenience and hassle for you, the homeowner. However, we do perform one indoor treatment per year that includes a “Safe Home” Inspection.