When people think of dangerous bugs in suburban Illinois, they mostly think of poisonous spiders and mosquitoes, but what most people don’t realize is that Lyme disease affects tens of thousands of people. With over thirty thousand cases of Lyme disease reported every year in the United States alone, Lyme disease is no longer something you only hear about, but very likely something that a close friend or family member has been diagnosed with in the recent past. Lyme disease is one of the most difficult diseases to diagnose as symptoms range from “bulls-eye” shaped rashes, to fevers, and other flu-like symptoms. Lyme disease in Naperville, IL and the surrounding suburbs has been on the rise with nearly a 100% increase in the number of confirmed cases since 2012. If you are fortunate enough to discover and diagnose Lyme disease while still in the early stages, there are a variety of antibiotics that can be utilized to successfully treat it. But the most effective method of guarding against Lyme disease is through tick extermination for your home in Naperville, IL. Preventing ticks from even having the chance to transmit Lyme disease in the first place is your best defense against Lyme disease.
At Mosquito Squad of Chicago, our primary solution for exterminating ticks is through regular application of our signature barrier sprays at your home in Naperville, IL. Each treatment 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 natural barrier treatment option for minimal invasiveness to the environment. Every one of our barrier treatment 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.
In conjunction with our barrier sprays, and when treating areas in which ticks are especially active, our specialists utilize “tick tubes”. Tick tubes are designed to employ mice, creatures which are most often the original sources of disease and one of the tick’s primary sources of food. The tick tubes are placed in strategic locations around your Naperville property and contain an EPA registered insecticide treated cotton that is specifically targeted to eliminate ticks. After collecting the cotton, the mice return to their nest, spreading the insecticide. The insecticide coats the mice’s fur, killing any ticks that the mice later come in contact with.
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.
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 Naperville, 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 proactive protection throughout the season.
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