Monthly Archives: May 2015

The New Jersey Carpenter Ant – What you need to know

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Here in New Jersey, ants can be a really tough insect to control. The one ant species New Jersey homeowners need to pay specific attention to is the Carpenter Ant. Carpenter Ants get their name because they build their nests in wood.  They don’t eat this wood, but rather deposit it in small piles outside their colony entrance.

Carpenter Ants will build their nests anyplace where there is moisture and a damp environment. The problem when Carpenter Ants are not detected early inside your home, they dig smooth tunnels inside the wood. These tunnels weaken the wood and potentially damage the wood that keeps the house standing. This kind of damage can be very expensive to fix.

Call the Professionals at RM Termite and Pest Control or click here for a FREE Estimate and Inspection if you think you have a Carpenter Ant issue before it’s too late.

New Jersey Lyme Disease

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Monthlymedisease

What is Lyme Disease?

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, here is the definition:

Lyme disease (LD) is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete (pronounced spy-ro-keet) that is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe.

With respect to symptoms and treatment, the Lyme Disease Association has this to say:

The Lyme DisLD manifests itself as a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, LD is almost always readily cured. Generally, LD in its later stages can also be treated effectively, but because the rate of disease progression and individual response to treatment varies from one patient to the next, some patients may have symptoms that linger for months or even years following treatment. In rare instances, LD causes permanent damage.

Symptoms

According to the American Lyme Disease web site, here is bullet list of common symptoms:

 

Localized Early (Acute) Stage:

  • Solid red or bull’s-eye rash, usually at site of bite
  • Swelling of lymph glands near tick bite
  • Generalized achiness
  • Headache

 

Early Disseminated Stage:

  • Two or more rashes not at site of bite
  • Migrating pains in joints/tendons
  • Headache
  • Stiff, aching neck
  • Facial palsy (facial paralysis similar to Bell’s palsy)
  • Tingling or numbness in extremities
  • Multiple enlarged lymph glands
  • Abnormal pulse
  • Sore throat
  • Changes in vision
  • Fever of 100 to 102 F
  • Severe fatigue

 

Late Stage:

  • Arthritis (pain/swelling) of one or two large joints
  • Disabling neurological disorders (disorientation; confusion; dizziness; short-term memory loss; inability to concentrate, finish sentences or follow conversations; mental “fog”)
  • Numbness in arms/hands or legs/feet

If you suspect you have Lyme Disease – see your physician immediately!

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