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Prevention Tips to Avoid Ticks in Northeast
Print Article Contributed by BSM Staff

AGAWAM, MA – The National Pest Management Association is encouraging those venturing outdoors this summer to take proper measures to try to avoid contact with ticks.

In the Northeast, these pests can transmit harmful illnesses like Lyme disease, Powassan disease and others.

“Ticks live in tall grass and wooded areas, waiting to grab onto passing hosts for feeding,” said Jerry Lazarus, third-generation owner of Braman Termite & Pest Elimination. “Anyone spending time outdoors should be committed to protecting themselves against these pests because although they are small in size, the diseases they can pass on from a bite are quite dangerous.”

Because the Northeast experienced an unseasonably warm winter this year, higher tick populations are anticipated. Lazarus shared these prevention tips from the NPMA to avoid the health threats associated with ticks:

• Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.

• Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.

• Keep grass cut low, as ticks are found in high grass. Remove weeds, woodpiles and debris.

• After being outside, people should inspect themselves and their family members, as well as their pets, carefully for ticks.

• Property owners concerned about ticks should contact a licensed pest professional.

“We offer a couple options to treat properties for ticks and reduce the chances of your family and pets becoming a victim of these insidious pests,” said Lazarus. “Periodically during the tick season, which typically lasts from April through November, we can apply residual sprays or granules along the transition from lawn to wooded areas, plant beds and gardens. This service will greatly reduce the population of deer ticks and American dog ticks around your property.”

Alternatively, for those who would like to control ticks but would rather not use insecticide sprays, Lazarus said, “We also offer the Tick Control System, a method developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consisting of a plastic station that contains a food attractant and an insecticide wick. Deer ticks on small mammals are killed as they touch the treated cloth wick. Used consistently for a minimum of two years, this system has proven to be very effective.” Lazarus continued, “Our experienced team at Braman will create a customized treatment plan based on each homeowner’s location, property, family and pets.”

For more tick facts and information, please visit BramanPest.com.

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