May brings warm weather and sunshine, but with warm weather comes the return of ticks! The month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness of the prevalent, yet preventable illness, Lyme disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States, but an estimated 300,000 people are diagnosed annually. Studies show that 20-50% of the ticks on the East End of Long Island are infected with Lyme disease and 70% of all people who are diagnosed are bitten in their own yard.
Tips from Your Friends at Twin Forks Pest Control®
While it may still be “fall,” now is the time to take steps towards winter pest control. As temperatures drop, rodents, spiders, crickets, roaches, and many other insects look for a place to spend the winter. They create nests and multiply in the warmth of your home, garage, pool house, shed, basement, and any other sheltered environment they can find.
Memorial Day Weekend Tick Awareness
Memorial Day Week is upon us and it’s finally feeling a little bit like sum-… we won’t say it out loud and jinx it. We’re just as happy as you are to feel the sunshine and get ready for a long holiday weekend. With that though, comes backyard BBQs and outdoor adventures, so it’s only right that we share this as we head outside and Lyme Disease Awareness Month comes to a close.
Tick Control in the Autumn
Autumn in the Northeast can be an incredible time of year. The leaves changing make any wooded area incredible to look at, football is back, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween, and cooler weather. This cooler weather provides for another benefit, the disappearance of many annoying bugs and insects from our lives. Unfortunately, however, ticks are not one of those many bugs. As you will learn, ticks will remain active well into the autumn. In this article is some information on how ticks survive in the autumn, and how to do tick control in the autumn.
Animals That Eat Ticks
When it comes to ticks, it can seem like there is almost no help besides your friends over at East End Tick and Mosquito Control®. Deer, mice, squirrels, even dogs, man’s best friend, can aid in the spreading of ticks. However, there are a few animals that can live on Long Island that actually eat ticks. With the spread of Lyme Disease, these animals can be extremely beneficial to the residents of Long Island.
How Acorns Affect Tick Populations
2017 has been a crazy year for tick populations. We have been working around the clock here to make sure we can alleviate the problems of residents on the east end of Long Island caused by ticks on their population. In our work, we have found that this year the tick populations have exploded. But why this year in particular? These extra ticks may have come from an unlikely source, the acorn.
The Origin of the Asian Tiger Mosquito on Long Island
You may have recently seen a new type of mosquito here on Long Island. It is black, with white stripes on its body and legs. This is the Asian Tiger Mosquito or Aedes albopictus. This mosquito is an invasive species to Long Island. The story of the Asian Tiger Mosquito on Long Island and America as a whole oddly begins with a stack of used tires in Japan.
Ways to Prevent Tick Bites
It’s pretty well known at this point that many ticks carry dangerous illnesses so it can be alarming finding a tick on your skin, especially so if they are already burrowed in. The best way to prevent having a tick bite you is preventing them from getting on your skin altogether, they do say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure after all. We recommend getting your property sprayed for ticks to eliminate these pests on your property of course, but we can’t protect everywhere! If you are hiking, camping, or on vacation, here are some strategies to avoid being bitten by a tick.
May is Lyme disease awareness month!
So, what is Lyme disease? We don’t think there has ever been an illness that has been so incredibly misunderstood before in the course of history. Is it hard to catch and easy to get rid of? Easy to catch and hard to get rid of? Or something in-between? Is Lyme disease a bacteria? A virus? A bacteriophage? A parasite? How do you get it, and how do you know if you have it?
The best way to answer these questions and provide the most accurate information available is to cite peer-reviewed scientific articles from medical journals. But no worries! We will translate them into plain English for you!