SIX TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW TO DEAL WITH TICKS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

 As Tick Population Increases Throughout the United States, More Americans At Risk for Life Altering Disease

 For more than 250,000 Americans, the bite of a deer tick meant the start of a life changing disease. With record warm temperatures and the start of May’s National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Mosquito Squad (www.mosquitosquad.com) is on watch and has six tips  to help homeowners tick-proof their yards.

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, more than 30,000 Americans contract Lyme disease, an illness that can have lifelong debilitating effects such as arthritis, fatigue and even neurological deficits. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged or deer ticks.

The 6 C’s to Tick-Proof Your Yard

 Mosquito Squad recommends the following steps for tick-proof yards:

1. 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 and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Care 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 live 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.

There is actually an additional “C” for homeowners: Communicate.  Once you understand how ticks breed, share that information with others, especially those with small children or those older than age 55. If Lyme disease is contracted by either of these groups, they typically sustain the most severe health complications.

When outdoors away from home, the CDC recommends wearing long-sleeved, long-legged, light-colored clothing. Tuck pant legs into socks to refuse ticks an entry point. Spray clothing and any exposed skin with a product containing 20% DEET. Clothing and other gear, but not skin, can be treated with Permethrin, which will kill ticks and mosquitoes on contact and should last through several washings. Check carefully for ticks after being outdoors.

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World Malaria Day

April 25, 2012

Mosquito Squad of Annapolis is joining forces with Malaria No More, (http://www.malarianomore.org/) to raise awareness of malaria as a disease that is treatable and preventable through the recognition of World Malaria Day on April 25, 2012.

In fact, Mosquito Squad, (http://www.mosquitosquad.com/) North America’s largest and most trusted mosquito elimination and tick control company, recently committed more than $50,000 to the help Malaria No More achieve its goal of ending malaria deaths in Africa, and local franchisees are supporting the effort through a variety of grassroots activities.

While Malaria was eradicated in the U.S. more than 50 years ago, it continues to take the life of a child every minute. In fact, more than 650,000 people die every year from Malaria, with 86 percent of those deaths occurring in children. The good news is that Malaria is preventable and treatable – and with a simple tool like a $10 mosquito net, up to two children can be protected from the deadly disease. If interested, a donation can be made towards the mosquito net effort via http://www.mosquitosquad.com/malaria-no-more.html.

To eliminate mosquitoes in yards and outdoors spaces in the local area, Mosquito Squad of Annapolis recommends the following tips:

1. Tip. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.

2. Toss. Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.

3. Turn. Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.

4. Remove tarps. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.

 

 

Mosquito Squad of Annapolis attended the Fort Meade Home Expo last weekend, March 27-28, 2010 and met over 80 local families. With the help of Adam Shew, from Outdoor Living Brands, families were educated on mosquito control, mosquito biology, tick control, tick biology and mosquito and tick – borne diseases and what they can do about them.   We also introduced our new All Natural Mosquito Control and Tick Treatment services as well as our traditional barrier spray program and automatic misting systems. 

The Fort Meade Home Show, hosted by Delmarva Home Shows provided an excellent pavilion and set up that contributed to the success of the show. They also had a special guest, Paul James, the Gardener Guy from HGTV!! He made three appearances with great tips and guidance for the upcoming gardening season. He also spent hours answering questions from the audience, signing autographs and posing in pictures. Check out ours! Thanks again to all that stopped by and helped make the show such a success.