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Tick-Transmitted Virus a Concern in CT

What You Need to Know About Tick Removal

tick-noThe ticks are out! And with them comes tick-borne diseases. These viruses are most commonly contracted in Connecticut between May and July, when nymph ticks are searching for food.

Recently, the Powassan Virus has been found in ticks in southern Connecticut, but no animal or human cases have been reported in the area. Pets appear to be fairly resistant to the disease, but can act as a carrier of the virus. For people, the virus can be transmitted within 15 minutes – a contrast to the two days’ time for Lyme disease cases.

Related to the West Nile Virus, Powassan has two strains in North America, one of which is transmitted to humans through deer ticks. According to the CDC, only 60 cases have been reported over the past decade, and while it’s concentrated in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions, deer ticks’ range is expanding, putting more people at risk.

The virus infects the central nervous system, causing encephalitis, the swelling of the brain, and meningitis to develop. Those infected display such symptoms as a fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss, and may have neurological problems as a result. 10 percent of all cases are fatal, and those who survive may experience long-term complications.

As a result of the dangers that ticks present, learning about the tick removal process helps provide peace of mind. Eliminate ’Em provides fast, professional, courteous service and licensed technicians for expert tick removal services. These include:

  • Surveying your property while keeping a tick’s lifecycle in mind.
  • Using an environmentally friendly tick removal solution on your property and in the surrounding woods.
  • Creating a less-inviting habitat. We repair crevices and gaps, cut grass to a short length, remove leaves and brush, and remove any bird or rodent nests.
  • Helping you set up a barrier – usually wood chips or gravel – to separate your lawn from any wooded areas.
  • Providing tips for tick control, tick treatment, and what to do if you’ve been exposed to ticks.
  • Inspecting your property once a month during tick season.

What to Know About Tick Yard Treatment

There is no specific treatment if a human catches the Powassan Virus, although individuals have to be hospitalized for respiratory support, intravenous fluids, and treatment to reduce swelling of the brain.

Because of the virus’ severity, tick prevention is the key. Here are some tips to help prevent tick bites:

  1. Avoid ticks by steering clear of wooded and bushy areas with high grass.
  2. If you have to go outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants, and spray yourself with tick repellant.
  3. Conduct full-body tick checks daily; check your pets when they come in from the outside.
  4. Keep your pets free of ticks by the application of good tick repellents, such as Vectra 3D, Frontline, or Nexgard.

Related, to help prevent against Lyme Disease or the Powassan Virus, then adding a layer of tick yard treatment adds another mitigation factor to keep your family as safe as possible.

At the first sign of a tick infestation, contact Eliminate ‘Em Pest Control to schedule an inspection. One of our experienced tick exterminators will come to your home or business to assess the area for signs of ticks. The most common way ticks make their way indoors is by latching onto pets and rodents. Stray wildlife that roam the yard at night could also be carrying ticks. From there, the ticks could latch onto your clothing or pets when you spend time outside, at this point tick yard treatment is a must.

Once we discover the root of the problem, our tick treatment team will develop a personalized plan for tick control in your yard. For example, we may advise you to trim the landscape and remove any bird or rodent nesting materials that could be attracting the pests. While spending time outdoors, always wear bug spray and make sure the body is covered if you’re going into the woods or grass. Additionally, we can also spray the yard with EPA-approved insecticide to deter the ticks from coming back. This tick prevention method is completely safe to be used around humans and pests.

Eliminate ’Em Pest Control Services offers same-day service and free estimates for tick removal and yard treatment services. Call Eliminate ‘Em for Immediate Tick Extermination: (866) 652-1367