You may have heard that Pennsylvania is the number one state for Lyme disease cases. Spread by the bite of an infected deer tick, Lyme disease affects more than 20,000 people in the United States each year. If you thought ticks were bad this year, you might not be surprised to find out that we are on track to remain #1 in the country for Lyme this year, which will be the 4th year running.
Pennsylvania On Pace for a Record Year in Lyme Disease
However, you might be astonished at the current numbers. As of August 13, 2016, Pennsylvania accounted for 40% of Lyme cases out of the 17,196 reported so far this year. That adds up to 6,972 cases. To give perspective, the CDC reports that the final confirmed numbers in Pennsylvania were 6,470 for 2014. We are well beyond that and peak Lyme season in Pennsylvania extends through October.
Lyme Disease Awareness
Being knowledgeable in how Lyme it is transmitted is an important part of avoiding the disease. Awareness of the symptoms of Lyme disease is crucial to obtaining successful treatment. Symptoms vary greatly with each case and without knowledge of having been bitten by a tick, diagnosis can be tricky. Symptoms can include fever, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and a “bulls-eye” rash. Not everyone gets the rash or notices the rash as deer ticks are great at hide-and-seek. Late diagnosis and treatment can increase your risk for long-term health issues from Lyme. Read more about Lyme disease on our website.
Lyme Disease Prevention
Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the number one way to prevent Lyme disease. At Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley, we want you to be able to enjoy your outdoor space without preparation or hesitation. We prefer to eliminate ticks on your Allentown property, so you don’t have to avoid the place where you spend most of your outdoor time. With two methods of tick elimination, we are confident we can lower your risks for Lyme when enjoying time on your treated property.
Allentown Tick Spray
Our traditional barrier spray eliminates ticks and mosquitoes on contact. Tick spray is applied thoroughly to the places where ticks like to congregate and quest for their next blood meal. We spray patio walls, retaining walls, thick underbrush, entire lawns, tall grass and any other feature on your property that can attract ticks. The tick spray continues to work, creating an invisible barrier for up to 3 weeks, eliminating ticks that land in your treated space. Our ticks spray eliminates 85-90% of ticks.
Allentown Tick Tubes
Our tick spray eliminates today’s ticks, while tick tubes prevent tomorrow’s ticks from existing. Twice a year we place tick tubes in strategic locations around your property. They are cardboard tubes stuffed with treated cotton. The cotton is gathered by mice and other small rodents to use as nesting material in their dens. Larval and nymph ticks tend to get their blood meal from these small rodents. When the tick comes in contact with the treated material, they are eliminated, before becoming infected adults that can transmit Lyme disease. Tick tubes are most effective if you continue to use them. With over 90% tick reduction rates, you’ll enjoy an exponential reduction in ticks over time as the tick life cycle is effectively broken.
If you think ticks were terrible this spring, make sure you proactively work to eliminate them now. With tick tubes and tick spray combined, you could enjoy a virtual tick free spring in your backyard. Call today 610-365-TICK (8425); tick tubes are placed in late August or early September to work with the natural tick life cycle for the best results. With a second tick tube reatment in the spring, you’ll have intercepted countless numbers of ticks from spreading disease and reproducing.