Most Ocean County, New Jersey residents don’t start thinking about ticks and the disease risk they pose until June; but it was early May when a 51-year-old Warren County woman died from a tick bite. The tick-borne disease the woman contracted, Powassan virus, an encephalitis virus that causes inflammation of the brain, is so rare only eight other cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year; but it was also the first known case of this tick-borne virus ever reported in New Jersey.
The disease is spread by the black-legged tick, commonly known in New Jersey as the deer tick, and the woodchuck tick, which is more commonly found in the woods of Maine and Northern New England. The two tick species are so similar in appearance that they can only be differentiated under a microscope.
It’s the Time of Year Ticks Become Active
The appearance of this tick-borne disease in New Jersey is one more reason to be on the lookout for ticks on shoes, clothing and skin after spending time outdoors. Ticks are often associated with wooded areas and tall grass, but these tiny insects can be carried into your Monmouth or Ocean County yard by pets, birds, squirrels and other wildlife.
New Jersey Tick Removal Tips
Several species of ticks inhabit New Jersey, and can cause several diseases, including Lyme disease. Ticks transmit disease while feeding on the blood of animals or people. Ticks should be removed as soon as possible when found. (Click here to find out how to remove a tick safely.) Preserve the tick in a tightly-sealed container and take it to your physician or local health department to be tested for disease. Early treatment can prevent often debilitating symptoms.
Many people think that when the weather becomes cold that all insects die off until the spring. While this may be true with some types of insects, other pests are still a threat report Monmouth County NJ exterminators.
Fleas can hitch a ride on pets inside of homes. Flea pupa (eggs) remains well hidden in furniture, pet bedding, and in and under carpet. Once they develop they will wreak havoc upon pets and humans alike. Many people believe that they are immune from having fleas in their home if they have wood flooring, but flea pupa are tiny and are able to wiggle into the smallest cracks between the slats. The best way to fully eradicate fleas is to professionally treat pets on a regular basis and hire a Monmouth County NJ exterminator with experience in flea removal.
Ticks have one goal which is to receive a blood meal so that they can reach their next level of development. During the fall and winter, ticks take advantage of the fallen leaf debris to provide cover and warmth during the winter months. Their overwintering spot does not preclude them from taking advantage of any passing animal or human which could provide a blood meal. Ticks will also use firewood as a place to overwinter which in turn allows them easy access into NJ homes.
NJ homeowners can keep all types of unwanted pests out of their home by calling a Monmouth County NJ pest control expert like Allison Pest Control. Our extensive knowledge of pest control will keep pests out during all times of the year.
I don’t know of a single person that has not had a tick crawling up their leg or attached to some area of skin this year and many New Jersey residents report that they are frequently pulling the bloodsuckers off of their pets, despite topical tick treatments. Yes indeed, it is tick season report Monmouth County, NJ exterminators. Ticks have been out in full force, ready to bite any type of warm blooded animal (and that includes us humans). The tick that has been most commonly seen thus far is the black-legged tick, otherwise known as the deer tick.
It is well known that ticks are transmitters of tick-borne illnesses. The most commonly known tick-borne illness is Lyme disease which was first discovered in Lyme, CT in 1975. Lyme disease is a debilitating disease for any person or pet that is unfortunate enough to contract it. The tell-tale bulls eye rash after a tick bite is a good indication that a person has contracted the disease but not all people develop the rash. Lyme disease will make a person have a fever, headache, skin rash, fatigue, and migraines. If the the disease is left untreated then it can spread into the nervous system, joints, and the heart.
There are other dangerous diseases that the black legged tick transmits which are known less by the public than Lyme disease. People should also be aware of Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. In addition, the American dog tick is known to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and STARI.
Avoiding ticks and their dangerous disease are extremely important. Hiring a Monmouth County, NJ exterminator to provide a barrier treatment around your property will help to keep these blood sucking pests from gaining access to your home. Call Allison Pest Control for expert help today.
For meat lovers, there is nothing better than biting into a juicy steak or delicious hamburger. Now carnivores have something more consuming too much red meat to be worried about. According to USNews Health on November 9, 2012, being bitten by a tick and then consuming red meat could have dangerous consequences for some people.
No tick bite is good and all should be avoided when spending time outdoors. Research on the Lone Star Tick has recently shown that being bitten by the tick and then consuming red meat can trigger an allergic reaction. The studies have shown that some people have suffered from minor allergic reactions, some have major reactions, and some have experienced life threatening anaphylactic shock from eating red meat after being bitten by the Lone Star Tick.
The research has shown that problems have occurred for people who have been bitten by the tick and consumed red meat within three to six hours. Symptoms can be mild itching and hives or a death depending on the severity of the reaction to the bloodsucking pest.
The findings of the study were presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting in Anaheim, California. Researchers first discovered the problem with tick bites and red meat when they were trying to determine “why a certain cancer drug was causing severe allergic reactions in people in the southern states. As it turns out, the sugars in that drug are also present in beef, pork and cow’s milk.”
While the information is interesting and disturbing indeed, Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals recommend that everyone protect themselves while working or playing outdoors why wearing an insect repellant that contains DEET. Regular pest control treatments by a licensed pest control professional will also help to keep harmful pests away from your home all year long.
There are hundreds of different tick species in the world, but only a few ticks interact with domestic animals and humans causing harm. Some ticks are opportunistic feeders that will attach themselves to any warm blooded host that they encounter while other ticks have a more selective appetite.
Most ticks are not born with disease causing agents. Unlike other bloodsucking pests, ticks do not feed often, but when they do, the chance of acquiring a disease is high because ticks feed off of one host and can transmit pathogens to the next host that they feed upon.
When a tick feeds off of an infected animal, then feeds off of a human and transmits a disease, the process is called “zoonosise.” Ticks can transmit a variety of dangerous diseases to humans such as Lyme disease, erlichiosious, babiosisos, and tularemia.
Simply put, ticks are dangerous insects! The best way to avoid tick borne diseases is to avoid tick encounters. Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ recommend wearing light colored clothing while spending time outdoors. Industry experts agree that you should always use an insect repellant that contains DEET when spending any time outdoors during known tick seasons.
Ticks are very tiny before they have had their blood meal. After spending time outdoors you should always check children and yourself for ticks. Be mindful of all locations on the body as ticks are notorious for hiding in between toes, between folds of skin, on the scalp, and in other well hidden areas on the body.