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News Flash: New Disease Carried by NJ Ticks Attacks the Brain

Knowing is Half The Battle, The Rest is up to You.
Knowing is Half The Battle, The Rest is up to You.

Ticks might not be among the most common reasons to hire NJ pest control services, but these pests are posing an even bigger danger to homeowners in the state. Researchers have found that ticks are capable of transmitting an illness that attacks human brains.

Powassan Virus

There haven’t been that many cases of the Powassan virus, which is spread through tick bites, but the cases that do occur are usually very serious. In 10 percent of cases, patients with this virus die and in 50 percent of cases, patients ended up with permanent disability.

It’s also important to note that it only takes about 15 minutes for this virus to spread from a tick bite, while Lyme disease takes about 24 hours. This shorter transmission time makes Powassan virus even more dangerous. Keep in mind that there aren’t any vaccines available to lower your risk of it or any medications for treating it.

Higher Tick Populations

The other bad news is that a rainy winter with warmer weather has led to an increase in tick populations. If you go outside in wooded areas or fields, stay covered to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick. Check your skin after being outside in your own yard just to be safe.

Don’t take chances with tick bites. Contact Allison Pest Control for reliable NJ pest control services if you have these pests on your property.

Love Your Pets, But Hate the Disease They May Carry

Beware of Diseases Your Pets May Carry

Your pets give you a lot of joy. In fact, studies have even shown that having a pet has been proven to significantly reduce blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and cholesterol levels. So, not only does your pet keep you from being lonely, but he or she may also help keep you healthy.

Unfortunately, there are some downfalls with having pets too, and these are things you might not have thought of when you brought yours home. Pets can transmit diseases to humans, but these diseases can be prevented if you know what to look for, and what to do. For example:

• Your dog may go on long walks with you, but beware of ticks, which can easily be brought back into your home and attach to you, spreading Lyme disease.

• Salmonella can live in the intestines of animals, and it can be spread through their feces.

• Rodents often carry the LCM virus, which can lead to flu-like symptoms, and perhaps even worse health issues.

• Birds can carry and spread Cryptococcus, which is a fungus associated with their droppings. It can cause pneumonia-like symptoms in humans.

Here at Allison Pest Control, we’re considered the best NJ exterminator, and because we’re the best NJ exterminator, it’s our job to inform you of these issues. Many illnesses can be prevented with proper pest control methods. Please contact us if you have a pest control problem in your home.