A growing problem in America, Lyme Disease was first discovered in 1977 after a cluster of cases were reported in the small town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The locals had begun to refer to the occurrence as “Lyme Arthritis” due to the persistent but not abnormal symptoms. Since then, Lyme Disease has become a life changing problem for the many people that went undiagnosed. While mosquitoes transmit diseases, and infect a couple thousand people a year, Lyme Disease stemming from ticks has been increasing drastically to exceed thirty thousand reported cases a year. In 2009, the CDC ranked Lyme Disease as the 7th most notifiable disease in the nation despite 90% of cases occurring in only ten states. Additionally, experts project that as many as three times the diagnosed cases go unreported due to the symptoms being very similar to the flu and fatigue. The Midwest is practically the main hub for tick activity, with Chicagoland and Winnetka right in the center. If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme Disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics. But the best defense against Lyme Disease starts in your own backyard. With a Mosquito Squad barrier spray, you can rest easy knowing that professionals are protecting your family and your Winnetka home from Lyme Disease.
Humans are not the sole target for ticks however, they also tend to prey upon family pets, specifically dogs. When your dog or other pet goes outdoors, a tick could easily latch onto them, catching a ride right through your front door and into your home. It is important to check your pets for ticks after being outside. You should always check for ticks on dogs when you get home from a walk in the park, or even around the neighborhood. If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, it is especially important to have a tick control plan in place for your home in Winnetka, IL. If left to feed, ticks can infect your pets with many of the same diseases that humans are susceptible to. Lyme disease in dogs is not uncommon, but Heartworm is most dangerous when it comes to dogs. Don’t wait for a tick to infect your dog or endanger your home, contact Mosquito Squad Chicago to setup your plan for season long protection.
When it comes to avoiding ticks, there are a few misperceptions concerning how they attach onto prey. Ticks are flightless bugs, they neither have wings, nor do they jump. They also do not climb trees and then fall onto the heads of unsuspecting victims. Ticks hunt for prey by climbing tall grass and then latching onto creatures as they brush past. Ticks tend to prey on ground creatures, specifically mice and deer, which make up a majority of their meals. To better avoid ticks when walking through tall grass areas, tuck your pant legs into your socks or boots, and tuck your shirt into your pants. Always thoroughly check for ticks after trekking through tick territory. Ticks begin to be active when temperatures exceed a mere 45 degrees. Also keep in mind that when a tick bites, you won’t feel it like a mosquito bite or most other bug bites. Ticks secrete a mild pain killer making them go largely unnoticed when they first attach, and also keeping them from all but visual detection while feeding. Unlike mosquitoes, ticks don’t just bite and then move on. In general, ticks will feed on a single host for days at a time if undiscovered. The best way to combat ticks is through use of Mosquito Squad’s trademark barrier sprays which will both kill and repel ticks at your property in Winnetka, IL.
At Mosquito Squad Chicago, our primary solution for exterminating ticks is through regular application of our signature barrier sprays at your home in Winnetka, IL. Each spray remains effective for 14-21 days and not only exterminates, but also repels ticks. Additionally, our barrier sprays effectively protect against a number of other dangerous pests, like mosquitoes and fleas. We offer an all natural barrier spray option for minimal invasiveness to the environment. Every one of our barrier spray formulas are registered with, and approved by the EPA. We are recognized nationwide as experts in backyard pest control, and customer service professionals. Our top priority, at Mosquito Squad Chicago, is your protection against Lyme and other tick borne diseases.