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Tick-borne Diseases Could Spell Trouble For Humans And Animals

The blacklegged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick, and sometimes called the bear tick, is a troublesome pest to encounter says New Jersey pest control professionals.  Lyme disease can be transmitted by the bite of a deer tick to both humans and animals.  It is a potentially serious bacterial infection, which is typically contracted when ticks are most active during the spring through July months and then again in the autumn months.

Deer ticks can also carry a potentially life-threatening parasite that is capable of causing a malaria-like illness according to a report from a September 7, 2011 article in USA Today.  Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently discovered that the babesia parasite, which is carried by deer ticks, can be transmitted to humans through blood transfusions.  According to their report…”Doctors are especially concerned because it appears that the risk of transfusion-associated babesia infection may be increasing. Cases are occurring year-round and have been seen in states where ticks that carry babesia are not endemic.”  Currently, there are no FDA approved tests available that will check for the parasite in blood supplies, so for the time being, blood donors are being asked a series of questions to see if they are at risk of having the parasite.  New Jersey and New York were two of the seven states where the bulk of the cases of babesia-infected ticks are most commonly found.

You may read the article here.

Deer ticks like brushy areas that provide cover and food sources for deer, mice and other mammals.  Ticks search for their host from the tips of low lying vegetation and shrubs.  They then crawl aboard their host and climb upwards until they find a suitable spot to feed.  You can reduce the chances of encountering deer ticks by keeping your shrubs trimmed, grass clipped, and by hiring a licensed pest control expert that will provide a barrier treatment of the perimeter of your property.

Deer Ticks Are Causing Even More Trouble Than You Think! Part 2 of 2

Continuing from Wednesday…

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned that diagnosing the illness will be missed because doctors will not know to test for ehrlichiosis.  Additionally, reports are that traditional blood antibody tests for ehrlichiosis may not accurately identify the new bacterium so the CDC has developed a new test, but it is not widely available.

Ticks in New Jersey are most active from late spring through August.  Ticks transmit bacteria when they feed on warm-blooded animals such as rodents, cats, dogs, deer, and humans.  Dangerous bacteria will enter the bloodstream after it enters the skin through the bite wound where the ticks are sucking blood.

New Jersey pest control experts say that Lyme disease is another tick-borne disease that is of great concern to residents.  The CDC reports that more than 35,000 humans contract Lyme disease each year, most of which occur in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest states.  Lyme disease can be tricky to diagnose because it often mimics flu-like symptoms.  Some people affected with Lyme disease incur a bulls-eye type rash at the bite wound that can last for weeks.  In some cases, symptoms of Lyme disease may take days, weeks, months, or even years to appear.

To protect yourself from tick bites, it is recommended that you wear light colored clothing (long sleeve, long pants, and socks) so that you can easily spot the tiny vampires.  Additionally, experts recommend that you use an insect repellent that contains 20% or more DEET on your clothing or skin or permethrin on your clothing and shoes.

Allison Pest Control can help keep your family safe from dangerous ticks by protecting the perimeter of your home with our exterior barrier treatment.

Deer Ticks Are Causing Even More Trouble Than You Think! Part 1 of 2

New Jersey pest control experts continue to be kept busy fighting the war against a multitude of pests each spring, summer and fall.  New Jersey residents must be careful to avoid a variety of blood thirsty pests as they are often known to carry pathogens that are harmful to humans.  The mosquito must be avoided because of West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and dengue fever.  Ticks are dangerous because of their ability to transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and a host of other diseases that will cause harm to humans.  In addition, you have the dreaded bed bug.  Not just a summertime pest, as their thirst for blood is never ending.  A recent Canadian study has found that bed bugs, which were collected on patients in a hospital, contained (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

Newswire reported on July 28, 2011 that researchers have discovered a new tick-borne bacterium that is infecting humans with ehrlichiosis.  Doctors at the Mayo Clinic conducted DNA testing to find the new strain of bacteria which has not yet been named.  So far the bacterium has only been found in deer ticks (black legged ticks), and only in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  To date, 25 people have been affected by the tick-borne bacterium, although doctors suspect that many more people were infected and misdiagnosed or unreported as having the illness.

Because of this new discovery, thousands of blood samples and tick specimens have been submitted from across the United States to the Mayo Clinic for examination to see if the same problem is occurring in other states.  To date only Minnesota and Wisconsin ticks have been affected.

You may read the article here.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

NJ Pest Control Pro’s Can Kill The Bloodsucking Pests

New Jersey pest control experts say that it seems that little vampires that suck your blood are everywhere you turn these days no matter what state you live in.  From east to west coast, the insides of home and businesses are being inundated with beastly bed bug attacks.   Spend any time outdoors in the early morning hours or evening time and blood thirsty mosquitos won’t hesitate to stab you like a knife to obtain a good meal.  Then when you least expect it, and are feeling safe playing in your own backyard, another creepy blood thirsty pest…the tick…awaits patiently for the perfect opportunity to climb aboard your body and endure the wild ride because you’re on the dinner menu.  Isn’t summer grand?  It certainly is if you’re a blood thirsty pest!

Bed bugs can be avoided by being very watchful for the critters while you are on travel this summertime.  Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers which will not hesitate to use your belongings, or even you personally as a means of gaining access to your home or business.  Once inside, a pair of bed bugs can turn into 30,000 bed bugs in just 10 short weeks so it’s imperative that you call a licensed New Jersey pest control expert at the first sign of an infestation.  Early detection and elimination is the key to quick eradication with bed bugs.

Mosquitos and ticks can be avoided if you never step outside during the spring, summer and fall months…but who wants to do that!  Mosquitos and ticks are nasty creatures that are known for their bite and the viruses and disease causing pathogens that they carry and transmit to humans.  Experts recommend wearing insect repellant that contains DEET as a preventative measure and wearing protective clothing.

You can also avoid unwanted pest exposure by having the perimeter of your home protected by the Home Pest Protection Service Plan from Allison Pest Control.

Ticks And Bed Bugs…NJ Pest Control Can Kill Them Part II Of II

Continuing from Friday…

Tick borne diseases occur worldwide and tick bites can cause serious and debilitating diseases in humans and pets.  Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis are the most common diseases that are contracted by ticks in New Jersey.

Although tick prevention medication is available for pets, veterinarians are now reporting that many topical and ingestible medications are becoming resistant and ineffective against ticks.  Studies show that despite pets being on constant preventive medication, some pets have still suffered from Lyme disease.  Having your home protected with a barrier treatment to keep ticks away will help protect your pets and family members alike.

Industry experts say to wear protective clothing if you plan to be outdoors when at heightened tick time periods…during the spring, summer, and fall months.  It is recommended that people protect their body by wearing light colored clothing, long pants, long sleeves, socks and closed toe shoes.  This can be a difficult task with the hot summers of the east coast, so New Jersey pest control experts recommend using an insect repellant that contains DEET, permethrin, or picaridin while enjoying outdoor activities to avoid tick encounters.

Studies have shown that a tick must be attached to a human or animal for at least 24 hours in order for it to transmit a disease, so it’s critical to remove a tick early so that you can prevent the spread of infection.  Many doctors now recommend that you write down the date, time of the bite, tape the offending tick to a piece of paper and hold it for safe keeping.  If you happen to become ill in the following days or weeks, the tick can then be examined for the potential diseases.

New Jersey ticks can be avoided by hiring a licensed pest control expert who will be able to provide a protective barrier around your property to keep ticks away.

Ticks And Bed Bugs…NJ Pest Control Can Kill Them Part I Of II

As expected by industry experts, many New York and New Jersey pest control professionals are reporting a rise in complaints of bed bug infestations this summer season.  Vacation travels are likely contributing to the rise in complaints as bed bugs infestations are rampant in hotels, motels, trains, planes, resorts, cruise ships, and taxis, etc.  Even with the most careful inspection while you travel, you could still bring blood sucking bed bugs home with you.

Benzinga.com reported on July 14, 2011, that a New York City pest control company is not only seeing a rise in bed bug infestation calls this summer, they are also surprised to see a rise in complaints of another bloodsucking pest that is bothering residents in the region.  According to their report, residents in New York City and Long Island are encountering ticks in record numbers.  There are five types of ticks that are common to the New York area, and four have made their presence known to residents.  The Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick, Blacklegged/Deer tick, and Lone Star Ticks are showing up in record numbers.

You can read the article here.

Lawns, tall grass, shrubs, wooded areas, and leaf litter are places where ticks can be found.  These bloodsucking creatures not only rely on their host for a meal, but also for transport from location to location.  Most experts believe that bed bug bites do not carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans, but that is not the case when it comes to tick bites.  Besides the “ick” factor of being on the dinner menu of a bloodsucking insect, ticks pose a threat to the health and well-being of both humans and pets.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.