If you don’t live near a wooded area, you might think it’s safe to skip flea and tick control this year. Unfortunately, there are many hiding places right in our backyards that shelter fleas and ticks. Porches, decks, tall grass, and heavily shaded areas can all harbor these harmful bugs. And here in the northeastern US, we are at the epicenter of the tick problem. It only takes one bite to wind up with a potentially life-threatening condition.
Unfortunately, there are no vaccines for many of the diseases carried by fleas and ticks. Therefore, the absolute best way to protect yourself, your pets, and your family is through a professionally applied flea and tick control spray. The treatment from Harvest Lawn Care is designed to eradicate fleas and ticks, no matter if they’re eggs, larvae, or breeding adults. You won’t have to put up with smelly bug spray or citronella torches. Instead, you’ll have total peace of mind. Our treatments create a protective barrier to keep out future bugs – not to be confused with our perimeter pest control program. The following are just a few of the many diseases carried by fleas and ticks.
In recent years, the northeastern US has seen Lyme disease numbers increase dramatically. It’s the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, and it’s transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. As a result, the victim can be stuck with chronic health problems. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated with a few weeks of antibiotics, but it’s imperative to get to the doctor as soon as you know you’ve been bitten.
Early Lyme disease symptoms include:
If left untreated, late-stage symptoms of Lyme disease include:
Flea-borne (murine) typhus is caused by the bacteria Rickettsia Typhi. This disease is caught not from a flea bite but flea poop, also known as lead dirt. When this gets in the open wound created by their bite, the infection can spread. The other diseases we’ll discuss are transferred by the saliva of a flea or tick. You can also get flea-borne typhus if you breathe in flea dirt or rub it into their eyes. The one good thing about this disease is that it cannot spread from person to person. It’s typically rare in the US, but it could become more common as the climate gets warmer. Typically, flea-borne typhus manifests about two weeks after initial contact and includes:
Severe illness is rare, and most people recover completely. However, the untreated disease can cause severe illness and damage to organs, including the liver, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain.
This is more likely to affect your pets and children. Pets become infected by accidentally swallowing a flea infected with the tapeworm larvae, which can easily happen if a pet bites themselves to relieve the itch of a flea bite. When your dog or cat is infected, the adult worms form bodies with segments, called proglottids, containing eggs so the worms can release their young into the environment. These proglottids break off when your pet has a bowel movement. Signs of tapeworms in pets and humans include objects that look like rice in the stool.
Borrelia miyamotoi is a type of spiral-shaped bacteria that are distantly related to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Originally identified in ticks from Japan, B. miyamotoi has since been detected in two types of North American ticks: the blacklegged or “deer” tick and the Western blacklegged tick. Like other tick-borne illnesses, the symptoms of B. miyamotoi disease include fever, chills, headache, body and joint pain, and fatigue. In addition, some patients may develop a rash, though this is not as common as the other symptoms.
Currently, only Lone Star ticks transmit this virus, which belongs to the genus Bandavirus. It is not known at this time if other tick species can spread it as well. Once infected, patients experience fever, fatigue, decreased appetite, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and muscle or joint pain. Many people are hospitalized due to this virus, and it can actually affect the white blood cell count, causing it to go lower, which increases the likelihood of infection. It can also lower the platelet count, which means that your blood will not clot as easily if you are cut. And as if that all wasn’t bad enough, the virus can also affect how the liver functions and increase liver enzymes. Like many tick-borne illnesses, it could take up to two weeks for the symptoms to appear.
You don’t have to live under the constant threat of horrible diseases. Since 1995, the experts at Harvest Lawn Care have protected thousands of New Jersey homes with our flea and tick control program. We perform five spray applications throughout tick season so that you are protected without any gaps in coverage. If you’d like to learn more about this program or schedule an application, give us a call at (800) 800-5296 or leave us a message online here. And don’t forget to check out our blog page, where you can learn more about pest control and other lawn care topics. Or you can connect with us on social media! We’re active on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!