New Jersey Deer Tick Control
The blacklegged tick (deer tick) is named for its dark legs, which are a contrast to its pale body. Deer ticks feed on the blood of the white-tailed deer which are very common in Ocean County. Deer ticks prefer to hide in tall grass and shrubs. When in these areas wearing long sleeved shirts and pants tucked in to socks is recommended. Additionally, wearing light colored clothing is harder to detect for deer ticks.
“When you return to your home, make sure you inspect your clothing, skin and head for ticks” commented John Russell, President of Action Termite and Pest Control. “Be sure to wash clothes immediately after exposing yourself to areas that are tick friendly.”
Deer Tick Treatment Procedures:
This is done by treating the entire yard. If ticks are inside the home a General C&C treatment to the entire home inside and out will eliminate the problem.
Deer Tick Treatment Preparation:
a. Prior to doing the yard treatment everything needs to be picked up off of the lawn. Then the lawn needs to be cut the day before the treatment. If rain is in the forecast for that day, we must reschedule the appointment.
b. The customer must stay off of lawn until it dries.
c. For year round control the yard should be treated 4 times per year.
d. If Raining Action will use Talstar Granular if it doesn’t rain & they use granular the customer must spray yard with water. Before either treatment customers must cut their lawn.
e. After treatment customers must stay off until lawn is dry.
Guarantee: 60 Days for Interior Only
Blacklegged Tick or Deer Tick – from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), also called a deer tick or Lyme tick, is named for its dark legs; the body is pale in color. They live in grass and shrubs and adults feed primarily on the blood of white-tailed deer. Blacklegged ticks live for two years and have three feeding stages: larva, nymph, and adult. Tick eggs are laid in the spring and hatch as larvae in the summer. Larvae can feed on mice and other small animals including birds into the summer and early fall. When a young tick feeds on an infected animal, the tick may also take in bacteria into its body with the blood meal, and it can then remain infected for the rest of its life. After this initial feeding, the larvae become inactive as they molt into nymphs. The following spring, nymphs seek blood meals in order to fuel their development into adults. When the tick feeds again, it can transmit any bacteria it contains to its new host. Usually the new host is another small rodent, but sometimes it may be a human. Although adult ticks often feed on deer, these animals do not become infected. Deer are nevertheless important in transporting ticks and maintaining tick populations in most areas. Visit the NPMA site at http://npmapestworld.org/
WHAT IS LYME DISEASE?
One of the early symptoms of Lyme disease includes an Erythema migrans (EM) rash (pictured) – which can expand to up to 12 inches wide and often looks like a ‘bull’s-eye’
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash called erythema migrans.
The disease can typically be treated by several weeks of oral anitibiotics.
But if left untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous symptoms.
Lyme disease is diagnosed through the symptoms, physical findings – such as rash – and the lieklihood of exposure to infected ticks.
To prevent Lyme disease, it is recommended that people use insect repellent, remove ticks promptly, apply pesticides and reduce tick habitat.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE INFECTED?
During the first three to 30 days of infection, these symptoms may occur:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Erythema migrans (EM) rash
The rash occurs in approximately 80 per cent of infected people.
It can expand to up to 12 inches (30 cm), eventually clearing and giving off the appearance of a target or a ‘bull’s-eye’.
Later symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Additional EM rashes
- Arthritis with joint pain and swelling
- Facial or Bell’s Palsy
- Heart palpitations
- Problems with short-term memory
- Nerve pain
Some of the later symptoms of Lyme disease include Facial palsy (pictured left), which is the loss of muscle tone or droop on one or both sides of the face. Another symptom is a swollen knee (pictured right)