Tick-borne diseases are on the rise in the United States, Lyme disease in particular. Living in New Jersey you are at high risk for Lyme disease. According to the 2012 CDC statistics, New Jersey had the third highest confirmed reports of Lyme disease in the country! Furthermore, a recent report indicated that U.S. Lyme Disease Cases are vastly under reported! In the northeastern United States, people are most likely to contract Lyme disease, not in the woods, but on their own property. The odds of contracting this disease are directly related to the number of ticks on your property that carry the disease-causing bacteria. Our Tick Control Services can significantly reduce the number of ticks on your property.
Prevent Lyme Disease in New Jersey
Lyme disease is not an illness to be taken lightly. It can be difficult to diagnose, and if it goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can result in serious, permanent damage to the joints and heart of the victim. Lyme disease is the most frequently reported vector-borne illness in the United States, and the number of cases continues to rise although it is still believed to be vastly underreported.
- You can reduce the number of ticks on your property by following these tips:
- Keep you lawn mowed short. Ticks are less likely to infest well-manicured lawns that receive plenty of sunshine.
- Reduce tick harbourage sites around your property. Ticks prefer damp, moist, shady areas in your yard where they can hide under groundcover, leaf debris or high grass. Modify these areas of your lawn to lower tick populations.
- Don’t skip that fall and spring clean-up! Reduce hiding areas for ticks like leaf piles around your lawns and gardens.
- Consider deer fencing. If deer populations are high on your property then you are at a greater risk for having ticks. Consider installing deer fencing around your yard’s perimeter to stop deer from entering your yard.
- Hire a pest management professional to treat target areas of your property as well as your yard’s perimeter for ticks to reduce tick numbers.
Protect Your Pet from Lyme Disease in New Jersey
Dogs, cats and horses can all suffer from Lyme Disease, speak to your veterinarian to learn how you can protect your pet from ticks. You should regularly inspect your pets for ticks, particularly after they have spent time outdoors. Dogs and cats can bring ticks inside of your home putting not only themselves at risk for contracting Lyme disease but also those who live in your home. The following tips can help to protect your pet from Lyme disease in New Jersey:
- Speak to your veterinarian about the best way to treat your pet for ticks.
- Reduce ticks on your property.
- Keep your lawn mowed short.
- Reduce groundcover.
- Reduce areas of heavy vegetation.
- Remove debris around your home or property, clean up leaves promptly in the fall and again in the spring to reduce tick harbourage sites.
- Exclude deer and other animals that may serve as hosts to ticks
- Have your lawn treated by a pest professional to reduce tick populations around the home.
- Check your pets daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
If you do find a tick on your pet learn how to remove it properly to reduce their risk of Lyme disease. The Human Society has a very informative section on proper tick removal.
The following are excellent resources on tick management, tick removal and Lyme disease in New Jersey:
- To learn more about managing ticks on your property check out the Freehold, NJ’s Tick Management Publication.
- An excellent resource for tips on how to reduce your chances of getting Lyme disease or other tickborne diseases was created by the Center for Disease Control.
- If you are bit by a tick follow these steps to reduce your chance of contracting Lyme disease: Tick Removal from the Lyme Disease Association.
- Remember if you do remove an embedded tick from yourself or your pet save the tick! The tick can be sent away to be tested at local laboratories for a fee.
- If you are suffering from Lyme disease consider seeing a Lyme-literate doctor. The Lyme Disease Association created an excellent Lyme Doctor Referral System to help you locate one near you.
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