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How to Avoid Ticks | New Jersey Tick Control

Filed under: New Jersey Tick Control — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:45 am April 12, 2017

How to Avoid Ticks | New Jersey Tick Control

  • Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
  • Keep grass cut low, as ticks are found in high grass. Remove weeds, woodpiles and debris.
  • Inspect yourself and your family members, as well as your pets, carefully for ticks after being outdoors.
  • If you are concerned about ticks on your property, contact a licensed pest professional.

For more tick facts and prevention tips, please visit www.horizonpestcontrol.com

Lyme Disease Is More Common In The North Than The South | New Jersey Tick Control

Lyme Disease Is More Common In The North Than The South | New Jersey Tick Control

Have you ever wondered why we only hear about ticks causing Lyme disease in the northern regions of the United States and not the southern regions? A recent study has found that ticks die when exposed to high temperatures coupled with low humidity. And that is a good thing for people living in hotter and drier regions of the United States since these ticks are the same ones that transmit Lyme disease.

Researchers found that southern black-legged ticks prefer to hide underneath leaves where people are not likely to come into contact with them. According to researchers, the southern black-legged tick prefers to find shelter underneath leaves so that they may retain moisture.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease strikes three hundred thousand American victims per year. That statistic makes Lyme disease the most common insect-carrying disease in the United States. Black legged ticks pick up bacteria that causes Lyme disease by biting infected animals. Black legged ticks then transmit the disease to humans through one single bite. Lyme disease causes those infected to become feverish and fatigued for their entire lives. Those who have contracted Lyme disease could be thought of as having a lifelong case of the flu—not too pleasant. If Lyme disease is left untreated, even for a short time, the disease can damage the heart, joints and nervous system.

In 2105 the US state of Alabama, which is populated by five million people, only reported eleven cases of Lyme disease to the CDC. Vermont, on the other hand reported an astounding four hundred and ninety one cases of the disease, and Vermont has a population of only seven hundred thousand people. So now you have another reason to avoid living in the north other than the freezing cold temperatures.

Do you think that there are factors, other than the one discussed in the above article, that make Lyme disease more common in northern US states?