Category Archives: Ticks

The Worst of the Summertime Pests Get Worse with Global Warming

Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids... Be on the Lookout!
Ticks and Mosquitoes Carry Diseases That Could Harm Your Kids… Be on the Lookout!

The summer months keep pest control companies in Freehold busy, as more insect pests tend to be around causing problems for homeowners. With increasing temperatures, thanks to global warming, more and more of these bugs are expected to be out and about. There are two summer bugs that you should worry about the most as temperatures continue to warm.

Mosquitoes

Mosquito species thrive in warmer temperatures. Many of them would normally die off in colder weather, but global warming means that more of them are able to survive. Although some of these insects act as more of a nuisance with their itchy bites, others pose a serious health threat.

Some mosquito species in NJ can spread diseases, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Mosquitoes from southern regions that carry tropical and subtropical diseases are also expected to make their way up north as temperatures continue to rise.

Deer Ticks

Deer ticks are another summer pest that can be more than a nuisance. These ticks can spread Lyme disease and other diseases when they latch onto people. Deer tick populations are on the rise due to warmer winters, and these pests are expected to spread.

Don’t handle summer pests on your own. Get help from the pest control experts in Freehold instead. Contact Allison Pest Control to learn more about how we can help you rid your home and yard of insect pests this summer.

Nearly 100 Species of Pest May Live in Your Home

It's Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home
It’s Shocking How Many Pests Can Live in Your Home

How many creepy crawlies are sharing your home? A recent study by of 50 houses in the Raleigh area by researchers from North Carolina State University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the California Academy of Sciences is amazing Monmouth County pest control experts.

What did they find?
More than 500 different kinds of arthropods, small invertebrates like flies, ants, gnats, lice, beetles, termites, and spiders. The sneaky stowaways are thought to have made their way in from outside – or accidentally introduced (cut flower, local produce) – getting overly comfy in your hospitable home.

Uncovering the undesirables…
Surprisingly, only five rooms of the 554 examined did not contain any arthropods. The remainder held a broad biodiversity, with each home hosting an average of about 100 species – though this is believed to be an under count as researchers did not check behind walls, in drawers or under heavy furniture. Entomology exposed:

  • Deptera (true flies) – 23%
  • Araneae (spiders) – 19%
  • Coleoptera (beetles) – 16%
  • Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants) – 15%

Future fun
The exploratory inventory, the first of its kind, is sure to spur additional studies in efforts to answer some exciting scientific questions, such as what microbes insects host that affect health, and what role pests play in the home ecosystem.

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Babesiosis: a New Tick Borne Disease Hits New Jersey

Lime Disease
New Tick Disease

Ticks are usually associated with Lyme disease, but a new tick-borne illness is showing up in New Jersey, Rhode Island and other states in the northeast. This disease, called babesiosis, can be fatal to people who are older or those who have compromised immune systems.

Babesiosis comes from tiny parasites that enter the body via tick bites. These parasites go after red blood cells and can cause those who are infected to experience flu-like symptoms, including fatigue, fever and chills. Not everyone ends up having noticeable symptoms, but those who do should see their doctor for testing. This disease can be treated with medication, which helps lower the risk of serious complications. Health officials have noticed an increase in this disease in the past few years, especially among older men.

The rise in babesiosis shows how important it is for people to prevent tick bites by wearing light-colored clothes and promptly removing any ticks that are found on clothing or skin. Homeowners who have a tick problem in their yard or home should get in touch with NJ pest control professionals to have these pests eliminated. This can further reduce the risk of getting tick-borne illnesses, including babesiosis and Lyme disease.

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Is the Tick-borne Powassan Virus on the Rise in NJ?

Ticks Are Out
Ticks Are Out

Ticks are known for carrying viruses that can cause serious illness, including Lyme Disease. Health officials in New Jersey are also tracking the occurrences of a potentially fatal tick-borne disease called Powassan virus.

In 2013, a 51-year-old woman in Warren County, NJ died after contracting this virus, which can cause brain inflammation, or encephalitis. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that Powassan virus is still rare in the US, health officials in NJ are concerned that it might be on the rise in the state.

Two types of ticks, groundhog ticks and deer ticks, can transmit this virus, and both types of ticks have been found in NJ. Deer ticks are common in many different parts of the state, while groundhog ticks have only been found in Monmouth and Hunterdon Counties so far.

In addition to being potentially life-threatening, Powassan virus is also transmitted at a much faster pace than other tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease. Powassan virus can be transmitted within hours, while Lyme Disease typically takes a couple of days. NJ health officials will continue keeping a close eye on the spread of Powassan virus. In the meantime, they urge NJ residents to reduce their risk of exposure to ticks.

If you have a tick infestation on your property, don’t hesitate to call Allison Pest Control. Our Springdale NJ pest control experts will provide you with prompt, dependable services.

How to Identify Tick Borne Lyme Disease

Lime Disease
Lime Disease

Lyme disease is no small problem. This condition can last a long time and have devastating effects on your well-being. Ticks bites cause Lyme disease and other conditions that need a physician’s care, so it’s important to know how to identify the symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common symptoms of tick-borne disease include:

  • Fever/chills: Sudden hikes in your temperature, cold sweats and chills in the middle of a hot summer day can indicate Lyme disease or other tick-borne illness.
  • Aches and pains: Pain from tick bites may be difficult to distinguish from normal aches that come with activity or accident. If your symptoms include headache, fatigue and/or muscle aches, however, you should follow up with your doctor.
  • Rash: Tick bites can produce a distinctive rash pattern, including the “bullseye” rash. However, not every tick bite produces a rash, and you may be affected with Lyme disease without ever seeing a rash.

What to do if you are bitten
If you see a tick on your skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick by its head next to the skin. Slowly pull backwards, giving the tick time to disengage its mouthparts so they do not detach inside the skin and cause an infection. Disinfect the bite site and apply an antibiotic, then see your doctor right away. Save the tick in a tightly sealed container and deliver it to your physician or public health department for inspection for Lyme Disease.

Keep ticks away from your home
Call on the leading pest control company in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to protect your home from ticks, bed bugs and other biting insects.

Pest Alert: New Jersey Tick Threat Is Extremely High

NJ Tick Problem
NJ Tick Problem

A Level Red tick threat has been issued for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Monmouth County, New Jersey. In raising the summer tick threat to its highest level, the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center warned residents and vacationers to protect themselves and their pets from blood-feeding ticks and the diseases they spread.

Tick Population Explosion

Researchers monitoring tick populations are reporting twice as many ticks this year as last year. The heavy winter snows and wet spring have created perfect breeding and development conditions for New Jersey ticks.

Emerging from the nymphal stage over the next several weeks, hungry blood-feeding ticks will be trying to latch onto hosts to cadge a meal. Wild animals, birds and pets are common tick targets; but people who walk through a tick-infested area are at equal risk. Pets and pet begging can also expose families to ticks and the diseases they carry.

How Ticks Attack

Ticks typically inhabit grasslands at the edges of wooded areas. Climbing out onto the tips of grass blades, these parasites wait for passing animals. As an animal – or person – brushes past, ticks scurry onto its legs or body.

After crawling onto a host, this parasite climbs up toward the soft, exposed skin around the head, neck and ears where it inserts its feeding tube to feed on the blood of its host. If not disturbed, ticks may stay attached and feed for several hours to several days. During feeding, poppy seed-sized nymphs and apple seed-sized adults can more than double in size.

Protect your family from tick-borne diseases. Call the expert tick exterminators at Allison Pest Control today.