Tick Removal in Frankfort, IL
A HISTORY OF LYME DISEASE
A growing problem in America, Lyme Disease was first discovered in 1977 after a cluster of cases were reported in the small town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. The locals had begun to refer to the occurrence as “Lyme Arthritis” due to the persistent but not abnormal symptoms. Since then, Lyme Disease has become a life changing problem for the many people that went undiagnosed. While mosquitoes transmit diseases, and infect a couple thousand people a year, Lyme Disease stemming from ticks has been increasing drastically to exceed thirty thousand reported cases a year. In 2009, the CDC ranked Lyme Disease as the 7th most notifiable disease in the nation despite 90% of cases occurring in only ten states. Additionally, experts project that as many as three times the diagnosed cases go unreported due to the symptoms being very similar to the flu and fatigue. The Midwest is practically the main hub for tick activity, with Chicagoland and Frankfort right in the center. If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme Disease can be successfully treated with antibiotics. But the best defense against Lyme Disease starts in your own backyard. With a Mosquito Squad barrier spray, you can rest easy knowing that professionals are protecting your family and your Frankfort home from Lyme Disease.
TICKS ON DOGS: PROTECT YOUR PETS
Humans are not the sole target for ticks however, they also tend to prey upon family pets, specifically dogs. When your dog or other pet goes outdoors, a tick could easily latch onto them, catching a ride right through your front door and into your home. It is important to check your pets for ticks after being outside. You should always check for ticks on dogs when you get home from a walk in the park, or even around the neighborhood. If you have pets that enjoy the outdoors, it is especially important to have a tick control plan in place for your home in Frankfort, IL. If left to feed, ticks can infect your pets with many of the same diseases that humans are susceptible to. Lyme disease in dogs is not uncommon, but Heartworm is most dangerous when it comes to dogs. Don’t wait for a tick to infect your dog or endanger your home, contact Mosquito Squad of Chicago to setup your plan for season long protection.
TICK REMOVAL IN FRANKFORT
Unlike mosquitoes, ticks don’t just bite and then move on. It is important to deal with ticks as quickly as possible as they tend to feed on a single host for hours, days, or even weeks. The longer a tick feeds on a host, the greater chance that the tick will transmit a disease. To safely remove a tick from your body you can use a tick remover, or a pair of sanitized tweezers. Start by firmly gripping the head of the tick with the tweezers, then pull straight up. To ensure successful tick removal, try to avoid twisting or jerking. If the mouth parts of the tick rip apart in the process just use the tweezers to remove the rest of the tick. Then clean and sanitize the bite area, as well as your hands. After removing a tick it is important to dispose of it correctly, never crush a tick with your hands. Dispose of it by putting it in a sealed bag or container, or submersing it in alcohol. Avoid ‘home remedies’ like applying heat, nail polish, or any other substance in an attempt to get the tick to detach. If you find a tick, don’t wait for it to finish its meal, removing it should be priority number one.
TICK EXTERMINATION BARRIER SPRAYS
At Mosquito Squad of Chicago, our primary solution for exterminating ticks is through regular application of our signature barrier sprays at your home in Frankfort, IL. Each spray remains effective for 14-21 days and not only exterminates, but also repels ticks. Additionally, our barrier sprays effectively protect against a number of other dangerous pests, like mosquitoes and fleas. We offer an all natural barrier spray option for minimal invasiveness to the environment. Every one of our barrier spray formulas are registered with, and approved by the EPA. We are recognized nationwide as experts in backyard pest control, and customer service professionals. Our top priority, at Mosquito Squad of Chicago, is your protection against Lyme and other tick borne diseases.