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The Lone Star Tick Spell Trouble For Carnivores

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.

Ticks – A Bloodsucker To Avoid

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.

Pest control professionals in Monmouth, NJ can help keep ticks out of your yard with our exterior barrier treatments. Call Allison Pest Control to keep your family safe from disease carrying ticks.

Tick Bites Cause Allergic Reaction To Meat!

Many people love to dig their teeth into a nice juicy steak, delightfully cut piece of venison, or other mammalian meat source.  It is a common staple in many people’s daily lives.  Sadly, some people have developed an uncommon allergy to various meats that have baffled and confused doctors and scientists.

According to KTVQ.com on June 21, 2012, there may be an answer for the strange allergy that is afflicting some American’s.  Known as Galatose-alpha-1, 2-galactose or alpha-gal for short, there are about 1,500 American’s who have been afflicted with the strange meat allergy.  Because it is such an odd allergy, it is suspected that there are many more people who have the allergy in the US.

Allergists at the University of Virginia have discovered that people who have had at least one tick bite from the Lone Star Tick could develop the allergic reaction when they eat certain meat sources.  The alpha-gal allergy occurs when bunches of sugars become trapped in the blood after a tick bite.  Once meat is consumed, mild to severe anaphylaxis can occur.  The strange thing about the anaphylaxis is that it can occur hours, days, or even years after the meat is consumed.

This allergy is not considered to be a disease that is transmitted like Lyme disease from the deer tick.  Doctors believe that the allergy could be related to bites received from baby ticks or tick larvae.  Studies are being conducted to see if there is an organism in the tick’s saliva that is transmitted that will make a person allergic to the alpha-gal sugar in mammalian meat.  Most food allergies occur as a result to reactions in response to a protein antigen rather than a sugar, so the alpha-gal is considered to be unique.

The Circle Of Life For Common NJ Ticks

Pest control specialists in Ocean County, NJ report that ticks continue to be a troublesome pest throughout the northeast region.  The most common ticks that you will find are the Blacklegged Tick (aka the deer tick), the Lone Star Tick, and the American Dog Tick.

Each type of tick poses different types of problems for both humans and pets because of the diseases that they transmit.  Each type of tick depicted goes through the following stages:   the larvae, nymph, and then they become adults.

To reach each new stage of their development, each tick must find a host (animal or human) and receive a suitable blood meal.  After eating, the tick will drop off of the host and then molt into the next life stage.  This process can occur quickly depending on the availability of a host or the tick will patiently lie in wait for a good deal of time until a suitable host comes along.  After the ticks reach adulthood, they find a mate.  The males soon die off.  Females find a suitable place to lay their eggs, often under leaf litter, and they too die off.  The eggs will then lay dormant until the following season when the circle of the tick’s life begins once again.

Ticks are a useless pest to encounter.  Don’t fall victim to these bloodsuckers.  A pest control professional in Ocean County, NJ like Allison Pest Control will be able to keep these pests out of your yard and off of your pets and family by providing expert pest control treatment of your property.

Beware; New Jersey Ticks Are Out In Full Force!

It’s officially summertime and nobody wants to step outside and be subjected to the never-ending onslaught of blood thirsty creatures that are in abundance.  It seems no matter what time of the morning, day, or night, creatures that fly, crawl, and jump are lying in wait for their target meal report pest control experts in Ocean Country, NJ.

Health Departments from Illinois to Vermont and many points in between are warning residents that tick populations are extremely high this summertime season.

There are nearly 200 species of ticks that exist within the United States.  They are more like a spider then they are a type of an insect.  These disgusting pests survive and progress into each life stage by sucking the blood of small mammals, deer, domestic pets or a human that happens to cross their path.  Ticks are not capable of jumping for flying.  Instead they wait for their victims on foliage on in the grass.  Once a good host brushes up against the foliage or travels through the grass, the tick will climb aboard.  Some ticks on the ground will follow the path of their victim until they are able to climb up their leg and find a suitable spot to latch onto and feed.

Pest control professionals in Ocean County, NJ can help residents keep ticks out of their homes, yards, and off their pets by providing a barrier treatment to the entire property.  Veterinarians also suggest that pet owners perform routine inspections for ticks on their pets, especially during the spring, summer, and fall months.

Stop by our Blog and read our article titled “The Facts About Lyme Disease.”  There you will learn important information that everyone should know about tick bites and their encounters so that you can avoid this potentially life altering tick-borne disease.

The Facts About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease was first recognized during the mid-1970’s when a group of people became ill in the town of Lyme, Connecticut.  This cluster of people were all found to have the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted via a bite from the black legged tick which is otherwise known as the deer tick.

Here are some interesting facts that everyone should know about Lyme disease:

• Only nymphs and female adult ticks transmit Lyme disease.

• A tick must be attached for at least 24 hours in order for Lyme disease to be transmitted.

• Males and females of all ages can contract Lyme disease.

• Children less than 16 years old and adults over 40 contract Lyme disease more often than those in other age groups.

• Not all ticks are infected with the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

• Many people who contract Lyme disease experience a reddish rash that is circular.  The size may vary and it often appears to look like a bulls-eye.

• The Lyme disease rash can expand over days or weeks.

• During the rash phase of the disease, other symptoms will begin to develop.  Patients complain of a stiff neck, muscle or joint pain, fever, fatigue, and headache.

• Untreated Lyme disease can lead to facial palsy, arthritis, meningitis, and heart problems.

• Early symptoms occur within a month of exposure, followed by the more complicated symptoms listed above.

• Past Lyme disease diagnosis does not give you immunity to future Lyme disease.

• There is currently no human vaccine to protect against Lyme disease.  If you have any of the symptoms listed above, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately.  Your physician will perform a simple blood test and upon confirmation of the disease you will be set on a course of antibiotics.

• Lyme disease that is caught in its early stages can be completely cured.  Once serious complication set in, it is more difficult to cure and control.

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