Tick season underway in South Jersey…
And, it’ll last all the way through early fall!
That means tick control and prevention started YESTERDAY!
Lyme Disease and Babesiosis have been on the rise…
In 2013, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported Lyme Disease as the most commonly reported vector borne (infectious microbe) illness in the U.S. and the 5th most common Nationally Notifiable disease – Our own state of NJ had the 4th highest confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in 2013.
Doesn’t knowing that fact alone make protecting yourself and your loved ones more important than ever?
And now there’s talk about Powassan…
That’s a rare, but upcoming tick-borne virus that is unfortunately fatal in 10% of cases…
In fact, a recent article from nj.com released information about a Warren County woman who was killed two years ago from this very same virus… “Powassan”.
The woman developed fevers, headaches and a rash – some of the same symptoms as Lyme Disease.
Powassan is a little different than Lyme Disease…okay, actually a lot different – like I mentioned, it can be fatal…
Another difference is that Powassan is transmitted more quickly than Lyme Disease – a tick will need to feed for at least 48 hours before it can infect a human, unlike Powassan where it can be transmitted within hours!
While that may seem a bit scary…
…know that it is not meant to scare you. It is meant to raise tick control awareness so YOU can better protect yourself, your loved ones, and prevent ticks from getting onto your property!
It’s important to be vigilant!
If we’re going to be careful, we must know what we need to be careful about.
With ticks, you need to know how they’re getting onto your property. We’ve been told Lyme Disease & deer go hand-in-hand. But mice actually carry/host more ticks than deer do! Even the common meadow mole and some birds play a role too!
So, wouldn’t it make sense to concentrate on the hosts? What if you could treat them, much like we treat pets (dogs & cats), using treatments harmless to them, but quite effective on ticks?
We’re barraged with ads for tick control based on spraying. But should you use a ‘perimeter defense’ approach with this kind of pest, or power spray everything? Unless you know what to target, it won’t get to the source, and therefore it won’t work.
And, what about things you can do all on your own to stay protected?
Don’t worry – we got you covered…
Here are a few things you can do to help make your property a ‘tick-free zone’…
• Mow your lawn regularly (since ticks like to hide in tall grass)
• Rake & remove, grass clippings & leaves
• Keep the ground cover trimmed along your walkways, around your patio, deck(s), etc.
• Build stone walls and wood piles as far away from your home as possible (since rodents live
in these areas and they can host ticks)
• Locate kids’s play areas and equipment in sunny areas away from woods & brush
(ticks aren’t big fans of sunlight)
• Consider fencing to keep the deer away from your property (deer can host ticks)
• Keep your outdoor pet areas clear of leaves and other debris (dogs can also host ticks,
and as such, can carry them indoors)
• Keep your lawn & patio furniture away from woods, shrubs, and undergrowth.
And for some added peace of mind…
• When in wooded areas, walk in the middle of trails and avoid sitting on logs or leaning
• Wear a hat outdoors (and if you have longer hair, if possible tuck it in under the hat)
• When weather permits, wear snug-at-the-wrist long-sleeved shirts, and long pants tucked into the tops of your high top socks
• Don’t wear sandals, open-toed shoes, or go bare foot in areas more prone to tick infestation
• Use insect repellents containing 20-30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), and follow the manufacturer’s recommended application and reapplication directions
• Wear light colored clothing (it’s easier to see ticks that have dropped onto you)
• Check for ticks daily – the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends checking under your arms, in and around your ears, inside your belly button, behind your knees, between your legs, around your waist, and most importantly in your hair and around your hair line
• After being outside, check your gear and clothing before going into your home, then to be safe, run your clothes through a high heat cycle in your dryer
Do your due diligence
Remember, there are many ways to prevent ticks from getting onto you and your property…doing nothing, isn’t one of them! Follow the above tick prevention tips to keep you and your property protected.
And, if you’re REALLY serious about staying protected, call your local and licensed pest control company about a tick reduction program. You might even be able to find a company who offers a program for multiple outdoor pests – getting you the best bang for your buck!
TermiGuard Services & Fenwick offers an outdoor pest control program for mosquito, tick, and flea reduction so you can get back to enjoying time spent outdoors again!
Beat the bite! Call TODAY for your FREE YardGuard Consultation – our team is ready and standing by! (856)-753-1401 or (609)-601-9400.
Until next time