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NJ Residents Are Itching From Bed Bug Bites Part II Of II

Continuing from Friday…

One of the reasons that bed bugs are so problematic these days is that despite being bit, not every person who encounters them has the allergic reaction to their bites.  It is estimated that about 50% of humans suffer from bed bug bites.  Because only 50% suffer from the bites, many people do not know that they have an infestation of the bugs until the infestation is well under way in their NJ home.

Although it is widely believed that they do not transmit disease, the bite of a bed bug can be extremely painful.  Many people will develop red itchy welts on their skin or localized swelling.  You can often find bite marks in a row of three or in clusters.  This is often called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”.  It should be noted that that bed bugs can bite you anywhere on your skin, so simply looking for bites in a row or clusters is not an accurate diagnosis of a bed bug infestation. The arms, legs, shoulders, feet, back, neck and even your face are good targets for bed bug bites, but they will not hesitate to crawl under clothing to obtain a good meal.

Bed bug bites cause extreme itching, burning and irritation to your skin.  Many people make the mistake of thinking that they have been bitten by another bloodsucking pest like a flea or mosquito before they realize that bed bugs are their real problem.

If you have not been bitten by a bed bug yet, consider yourself lucky.  If you have not had a bed bug infestation yet, experts agree that you should consider yourself very lucky.  If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your New Jersey home or business, call Allison Pest Control for expert bed bug eradication services.

NJ Residents Are Itching From Bed Bug Bites Part I Of II

The old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”, used to only be thought of as a cute nighttime saying that was told to kids as they were being tucked into bed at night.  Sadly, these nocturnal nibblers have made a huge comeback into present day life and some New Jersey residents are now experiencing fierce bites on a daily basis.

Before a full sized bed bug has eaten, it is a small flat brownish colored insect that is about the size of an apple seed.  These oval shaped bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks or baby cockroaches.  The nymphs (young bed bugs) resemble the adults but are lighter in color and are much smaller too.

A bed bug prefers to do its dirty deed during the wee hours of the morning when humans are in a deep sleep.  Like tiny little vampires, bed bugs will insert two spikes into your skin when it’s dinner time.  First the bed bug will inject its saliva, which contains an anesthetic so you won’t feel their bite, and then an anti-coagulant so your blood will flow freely. Nice!

Each bed bug takes between five and ten minutes to receive a full blood meal.  Sometimes a bed bug will start and stop its feeding several times during this time period, often because we humans move and disrupt their feeding ritual.  Once a bed bug is done feasting on your blood, these creepy bugs will scurry away to their safe hiding place so that they can digest their “food”…ie…your blood.  Along the path to their hiding spot, you can often see a trail of excrement (digested blood) left behind in their tracks.  Yuck!

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Tick Removal That Won’t Scare The Kiddies Or Pets! Part II Of II

Continuing from Wednesday…

Take a cotton ball and place a liberal amount of liquid dish soap or antibacterial soap on it.  You want to cover the cotton ball with soap, but you don’t need it to be dripping with soap.  Next, you place the cotton ball on top of the embedded tick.  Keep the tick completely covered with the soapy cotton ball.  Within a very short period of time (usually a few minutes), the tick will back itself right out of the victim and it will be stuck to the cotton ball and ready for a quick trip down the toilet!  No more tears for tick removal for this New Jersey family!  Be sure to apply antibiotic ointment to keep potential infection away.

Just this past week, my children found something “gross” hanging from one of my dog’s ear.  It looked like a strange brown earring.  I quickly determined that the QUARTER sized creature was a fully engorged dog tick!  We quickly grabbed the antibacterial soap and a cotton ball and gently placed it on his ear.  Within a minute or two, the tick was out and enjoying a ride through the sewer system.  Yes folks, New Jersey ticks are alive and well this summertime!

Deer ticks are vectors of Lyme’s Disease, which can be very dangerous for humans.  It normally takes a least a few days for the symptoms of Lyme’s Disease to rears it’s ugly head.  Live ticks are able to be examined for potential diseases because a culture can be taken from the tick’s bowel to determine if it is an actual carrier of the disease.  Your doctor may also choose to order a blood test to check for Lyme’s Disease.  With Lyme’s Disease, if you have kept the dead tick, researchers can only determine if it is a potential carrier, but not an actual carrier.

Keep deadly deer ticks and annoying dog ticks out of your yard and inside your home this year by having a New Jersey Home Protection Plan in place by a licensed pest control company.  The experienced technicians at Allison Pest Control will be able to provide you with expert services to help you reduce the risks of these disease carrying creatures invading your home!

Tick Removal That Won’t Scare The Kiddies Or Pets! Part I Of II

Removing ticks can be a difficult task for even the most skilled hands.  You always want to be careful to not leave the mouth and head still embedded in humans or pets when you remove a tick.  Urination, defecation, or injectile vomiting from a tick can be very dangerous as you run the risk of transferring infectious pathogens to the tick bite victim.

Common tick removal practices include using a small fine-tipped pair of tweezers.  You will need to carefully grasp the tick by its jaws (if you can get to it) and gently tug the tick until it detaches.  Sometimes the victim’s skin is torn during this procedure.  Another method you could use is to heat a needle and then poke it into the engorged belly part of the tick.  Usually the tick will back out of the victim during the procedure.

Squeezing the tick with tweezers could cause the tick to vomit into the victim.  Using the heated needle could cause  the gases and liquids in the tick’s bowel to expand, which could then also induce vomiting.  If you choose either of these tick removal methods, you will have no way of knowing if injectile vomiting has occurred, so it is imperative that you keep the tick in case you need it for further examination.

We had our own tick encounter recently in our household.  One of my young daughters had a tick that was so badly embedded that we were not able to remove it by the ways previously mentioned.  It was determined that medical intervention was needed.  Once we arrived at our pediatrician’s office, I was amazed to find that there was a completely painless new technique that is now being used by many doctors and nurses for tick removal.  Now parents can expertly remove ticks on their children without causing any tears to be shed!  You’re going to love it!  Here’s what you do…

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

Should You Fear The Ticks In New Jersey?

Ticks can be a problem for the residents of New Jersey and in other areas in the United States.  In New Jersey, you need to keep an eye out for the Lone Star Tick, the American Dog Tick, The Brown Dog Tick, and the Blacklegged Tick.

Each type of tick that you will find in New Jersey passes through the same four development stages…egg, larva, nymph, and the sexually differentiated adult stage.  Additionally, each type of tick must find and receive a blood meal off of three different hosts in order to complete their life cycle. Each of the ticks that you will find in New Jersey, with the exception of the Brown Dog Tick, will feed on a variety of different vertebrates.  New Jersey humans, mammals, reptiles and birds are all on the dinner plate of blood sucking ticks.

The Blacklegged Tick, otherwise known as the deer tick, is the most feared tick of all ticks in New Jersey because it is a known vector of Lyme’s Disease.  The deer tick is found throughout the eastern section of some parts of the mid-western portions of the United States.  Most cases of Lyme’s Disease are reported in the coastal northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.

In New Jersey, the life cycle of the deer tick will often take two years to complete.  In fall months a female tick will lay her egg mass, which contains several thousand ticks.  Unlike many other types of pests, ticks will not die off in the cold winter months.  Instead they will overwinter in leaf litter waiting for a small animal or bird to become their host so they can reach the next stage of their life cycle.  The Lyme’s Disease transmission risk is still a substantial problem for New Jersey residents even during the winter months.

It’s very important for New Jersey residents to keep their homes safe from ticks and the Lyme’s Disease that they carry by having a Home Service Plan in place.  Allison Pest Control provides expert pest control services to Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey residents.  Give us a call today!