What is Lyme Disease and how do I protect myself from ticks?

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium and is carried by infected black-legged ticks. It can be a chronic debilitating disease of humans. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash. Left undiagnosed and untreated, the disease can spread to the heart, joints and the nervous system. The blacklegged tick or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis spreads the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States. The western blacklegged tick Ixodes pacificus spreads

Bed Bug Information for Travelers

More often than not, we associate bed bugs with traveling. In the public eye, bed bug infestations are most often associated with having stayed in a bed bug infested hotel or motel. While this may be a misconception, and you may be just as likely to get bed bugs at a friend’s house or from the apartment next door, remaining vigilant while you travel is a good idea.

Doing some preparation work before your trip is important. Understanding what

Do I need a pest control company?

First, are you having trouble with pests in or around your home?

If the answer is NO, then you don’t currently need a pest control company.

However, if the answer is YES, then you may or may not need a pest control company. 

Note: this information is not regarding termites; termites are a separate issue that typically need a yearly inspection by a certified pest control company.

If you are having pest problems, the first step

How can I tell if those are flying ants or termites swarming at the foundation of my house?

Ant alate

  • Ants have a thin waist (a narrow area between the thorax and first abdominal segment).
  • Front pair of wings is larger than the hind pair.
  • Wings have few veins and are usually clear.

Termite alate

  • Termite thorax and abdomen are broadly connected.
  • Four wings are approximately the same size and shape.
  • Wings have many veins and may be milky-colored.
Anatomical differences between ant alate (top) and termite alate (bottom).  Drawings courtesy of University of Florida Extension.

What to do if you have a squirrel in your attic?

There are several species of tree squirrels in North America, and the particular mix varies from region to region. Nationwide, they include the

  • gray squirrel (Scirus carolinensis),
  • fox squirrel (S. niger),
  • red squirrel (Tamiascirus hudsonicus),
  • flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus and G. volans).

While there are important behavioral differences among these species that affect their management, this article will discuss a general framework for controlling squirrel problems in buildings.

The laws regarding squirrel