Archive for May, 2015

May 19, 2015

How to protect yourself and your family from the risk of Lyme Disease:

May is Lyme Disease Awareness MonthMay is Lyme Disease awareness month. This event, supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation, is a campaign which promotes preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease. Lyme Disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi; which can result in Lyme Disease being spread through the bite of ticks which carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.

Our ultimate goal at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery is to help keep you and your family safe from the threat of vector-borne illness and disease. On a local level Maryland makes the list as one of the 14 most prevalent states that make up 95% of all Lyme Disease cases nationwide. Lyme Disease is an all too familiar occurrence. Every resident either knows someone within their circle of family and friends, or knows of someone just outside that circle that has had a brush with the disease. Before I had got Lyme myself (which you can read about in my blog “Montgomery County MD Tick Control and Lyme Disease: My Personal Story“) Lyme Disease is the driving force behind my decision to open this franchise in this location.  That is due to experiences still mounting in my family and my neighborhood.

Deer ticks thrive in wooded areas.

Deer ticks thrive in wooded areas.

In the US there are two main species of tick which carry and spread Lyme Disease. These are the deer tick or black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the North central and Eastern parts of the country and the Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacifus) on the West (Pacific) coast. Both species of ticks are found in wooded areas and here in Maryland Lyme Disease is the most common of all the tick-borne diseases.  Here in Maryland there has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of Lyme Disease. With this in mind, we want to raise awareness of the disease in order educate both young and old about Lyme Disease and how Marylanders can take steps to prevent it.

deer tick or black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis)

Deer tick or black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis).

Educating and raising awareness of Lyme Disease starts in your own backyard! Proper protocol to deter and control the tick within its natural environment is the first step in staying healthy by reducing the chance of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially harbor the bacteria which causes the disease. Mosquito Squad  recommends the following steps for tick-proof yard:

The 6 C’s to Tick-Proof Your Yard

1.Choose plants Clear out. Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.

2. Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

3. Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, under rocks and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Protect your pets with Mosquito Squad of the North ShoreCare for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call the pros. Professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill “adult” ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes.” Strategically placed, “tick tubes” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

How tick tube implementation works:

How tick tube implementation works:

Our method entails a dual tick prevention and control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our barrier spray will eliminate adult ticks on contact while tick tubes are placed in key areas on your property, twice a season, to eliminate ticks at their nymph stage. Tick tubes can dramatically decrease the chances of encountering a Lyme infected tick on your property.

Contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery today to learn more about preventing Lyme Disease. We are currently taking appointments for our tick tube program. 301-444-5566 or email us at westmontco@mosquitosquad.com.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

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