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As I conclude this three-part look at pests, I want to reminder you that while insects are an inevitable part of summer, this does not mean you should spend the next three months hiding indoors. Follow the prevention tips established by out pest management industry to help reduce your risk of encountering pests in your home and on your property.

If you discover that you have a growing mosquito, tick or stinging insect or other pest problem on your property, don’t try to remove them alone. Instead, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009. We’ll inspect your property and recommend an effective treatment and prevention plan.

Now, let’s talk about ticks . . .

Ticks populations are expected to be unusually high this season, they will be a major concern for those spending time outdoors. Of greatest concern is the blacklegged deer tick, found in the Northeastern U.S., from Virginia to Maine, in the north central states, mostly Wisconsin and Minnesota, and on the west coast, primarily in northern California.

Blacklegged deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease to humans, as well as pets. The CDC describes the symptoms of Lyme disease as fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans, which forms in the shape of a bull’s eye. According to the CDC, Lyme disease can also affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.

So what prevention methods can you take?

  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasses.
  • Wear light colored clothing, which makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
  • Wear a bug spray containing at least 20% DEET when outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
  • When hiking, stay in the center of trails, away from vegetation.
  • Keep your own yard tick-free by cutting grass low and remove weeds, woodpiles and debris.
  • Inspect yourself and your family members carefully for ticks after being outdoors.

If you’re concerned that you have ticks in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.