Tick Control in Wheaton, 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 Wheaton 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 Wheaton 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 Wheaton, 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.
BACKYARD TICK CONTROL
Tick activity has been steadily increasing over the last few years, especially in the Chicago suburban area. You’ve probably already seen a tick this season, while at a park or forest preserve. You may have even started to notice them in your own backyard in Wheaton. Many people aren’t aware that ticks reproduce and hibernate underground during the winter. Ticks aren’t especially picky though, they begin waking up when temperatures exceed 45 degrees. Generally speaking though, the longer the winter, the greater the tick population will be the following season. And we have had some long winters the past few years, which have given ticks extra time to increase in population. Winter isn’t the only factor in tick activity though. Your Wheaton yard could unknowingly be the perfect place for ticks to thrive. Ticks prefer shady areas, especially tall grass, and around fences or brick walls. Make sure to keep your lawn cut short and to throw out any clippings. Locate compost piles away from high traffic areas and separate them with gravel or woodchips. These will assist in eliminating tick’s favorite hiding places. But the most effective method for controlling tick populations is to have Mosquito Squad apply our tick exterminating barrier spray. Our barrier spray not only exterminates but also repels ticks from your Wheaton home.
PEST CONTROL PROFESSIONALS
At Mosquito Squad of Chicago, our primary solution for exterminating ticks is through regular application of our signature barrier sprays at your home in Wheaton, 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.
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 Wheaton property and contain an EPA approved 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.