The Best Way to Time Tick Treatment

tick treatment, bucks county tick treatmentLast year, a customer wrote to us with a number of very important questions concerning the timing of tick treatments. Because the egg-laying season of ticks in the Bucks County and Montgomery County areas in once again upon us, we figured this would be an ideal time of year to share our response with all of you.

—Peter Benz (Founder, Peter Benz Landscaping)

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Q. When do adult ticks lay their eggs and hatch?

Adult ticks will lay their eggs in the spring, which will then hatch into larvae in the summer season. The larvae tend to become most active in the month of August. At this point, these ticks do not have Lyme disease, because they must feed on an infected host in order to become infected.

Q. What are the life stages of a tick?

A tick has three life stages over a two-year period. There is one blood meal (feeding) per stage before they molt into the next stage. Remember, though, that a newly hatched larvae cannot pass Lyme disease onto a human, because they don’t yet have the disease. The disease must be picked up from an infected host. That host is usually a mouse.

After its one blood meal, the larvae will transform into nymphs in the fall. This is the most dangerous life-stage of a deer tick, because they are still as tiny as larvae, but may now be carriers of Lyme disease.

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The Definitive Guide to Preventing Lyme Disease

lyme disease preventionSpring is almost here, and so it’s time once again to turn our attention to preventing Lyme disease. Everyone is susceptible to Lyme disease, especially those who garden, hike, camp or play outdoors on a regular basis.

Did you know the CDC has estimated that some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States? (Incredibly, less than 30,000 cases are reported annually.) People who live in the Northeastern, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwestern states are especially vulnerable to Lyme disease.

Let’s take a look at a few different ways to prevent Lyme disease.
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5 Reasons Professional Deer Fence Installation is a Must

deer fence installation

You don’t want this happening on your property.

Deer fencing is a unique addition to any yard or recreational area, and in the Bucks County and Montgomery County areas, homeowners are looking into the addition of deer fencing because of its many advantages.

A deer fence is much higher than a conventional fence. A regular privacy fence is fine if you’re only trying to seclude yourself, but they’re often not high enough to keep deer and other wild animals off your property.

An adult deer, after all, can jump as high as eight feet. In order to effectively keep them outside your private area, the fence clearly must be high enough to keep them from jumping over it. Not only do deer cause great destruction, but they can also spread Lyme disease by carrying infected ticks onto your property.

Peter Benz Landscaping has been installing deer fencing for many years to prevent deer from destroying everything from residential gardens to commercial orchards and nurseries, while also assisting with deer tick control.

But whether you choose Peter Benz or another area landscaper to install deer fencing on your Bucks or Montgomery property, we nevertheless strongly suggest having the installation completed by a professional.

Here are five important reasons why:

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Deer Tick Questions and Prevention Methods

Deer Tick Close UpWhat’s a Deer Tick?

Deer ticks are also known as “black legged ticks,” and can be confused with other kinds of ticks, especially dog ticks. They live by attaching to and then feeding off of unsuspecting hosts; their favorite host is the white tailed deer, as their name suggests.

What They Look Like

Small, brown and flat, deer ticks have eight black legs. Because of their small size and unobtrusive color, they appear nearly invisible; they’re about the size of a sesame seed. They’ll turn rust-colored or brownish-red after they’ve fed.

How You Acquire Them

Contrary to what is sometimes popular belief, deer ticks don’t “jump onto” their hosts. Instead, they make their way to your clothing or your pets’ fur by simply “brushing onto” you or your pets as you pass.

Why They’re Dangerous

  • They carry bacteria and viruses – which can be transmitted to you and your pets

Dear ticks can be dangerous because they are carriers of many bacteria and viruses, which they can pass them on to you once they bite you. Deer ticks are the primary carriers of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

  • You won’t feel the bite

The deer tick bite is painless when it occurs, so that you won’t feel it. You won’t know that you’ve been bitten until you begin to have symptoms of illness – which is why it’s imperative that you don’t get them on you at all. And remember, your pets are at risk, too. Read more about Deer Tick Questions and Prevention Methods

Landscaping Tips To Reduce Ticks On Your Property

By: Robert Oley, PE, MSPH, Public Health Consultant

Tick Control- Bucks County PAThe primary goal of a tick management plan for one’s home and surrounding property is to create low-risk tick zones within commonly used areas. These low-risk zones should include recreational, eating, entertainment and gardening areas, as well as spaces close to walkways, storage sheds, firewood piles, and mailboxes.

Ticks require a high humidity environment to survive, and need vertebrate hosts to feed on to be able to grow and reproduce. Without these two key elements, ticks just cannot sustain themselves. If you want to make your property safer from ticks, you must cut down on the number of potential tick hosts, while at the same time creating a drier, less inviting landscape for ticks.

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Preventing Deer on Your Bucks County Property

Deer Fencing Bucks County PAAre deer destroying any sort of plant life on your property? Unfortunately you aren’t alone. Deer are being forced into smaller habitats with the constant tear-down of forests to build housing developments and shopping centers. The loss of our deer habitat here in Bucks County has led to property damage on our residential landscapes and forests. These animals are beautiful to look at, but you don’t want them damaging your property that you have worked so hard to build and maintain.

In Bucks County PA we actually have one of the densest deer populations in the entire state. Deer are in almost every town in the county. Once deer enter your property they look to eat a variety of items including: wild crabapple, sumac, honeysuckle, grasses, greenbrier, clover, dogwoods, acorns, but they will eat just about anything. They will also eat “browse” material, meaning ends of twigs or small branches of trees that they don’t normally consume. Not only do deer cause a great destruction to your landscape but they can also spread Lyme disease by carrying infected ticks onto your property. To avoid both of these problems, you should implement a deer management system and include deer fencing and deer grates.

Deer Fencing Peter Benz LandscapingDeer fencing is made of a poly-coated web material. The color and grid-like space of the fencing makes it virtually invisible, blending in with the aesthetics of your property. When installed by Peter Benz Landscaping, this fencing system is strong enough to discourage deer and other harmful pests from entering your property. Deer fencing is a long-term and cost-effective solution to any deer invasion and will protect your property for many years. In addition to the fencing we can also install deer grates to allow the passage of people and cars, but not deer. The grates are made of hollow slats and can be used in place of, or addition to, a driveway gate.

No matter if you are looking to protect only a small portion of your property or the entire landscape, installing deer fencing and deer grates can be extremely beneficial. Fencing is really the only deer-proofing method there is because no other tactic offers complete control, keeping deer off your property.

Peter Benz Landscaping has years of experience in landscape design as well as fence installation so we are able to naturally blend any deer fencing into your property. We can install fencing on any size property from residential gardens to commercial orchards. Contact us to learn more.

Lyme Disease Protocol

Tick Control Bucks County

At Peter Benz Landscaping we put a strong focus on helping our clients prevent the spread of Lyme disease through a variety of tick control services in Bucks County. These services include the installation of deer fencing and Damminix Tick Tubes. If you or someone you know has already been diagnosed with the disease, here are some helpful suggestions on how to take care of yourself.

Diet

The bacteria and microbes of the disease feed on glucose for energy so you should try and cut as much as this out as you can. This means to eat less of sweets and simple carbohydrates like cakes, pastas and breads. Lyme microbes can actually produce chemicals that can make you crave sweets so that you can feed them. The more you are able to avoid giving into them, the better you will feel. Resist the urge to feed the problem!

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Lyme Disease in Pa- What are the symptoms?

Pennsylvania has been noted to be one of the top states in the nation of the most reported Lyme disease cases. This primarily non-fatal disease affects thousands of Pennsylvania residents each year. It is spread through deer tick bites, often transported onto suburban and rural lawns by white-tailed deer. Peter Benz Landscaping installs deer fencing and provides additional tick control services that can be a crucial step in Lyme disease prevention. Although it’s very important to also be aware of any possible symptoms associated with the disease.
Peter Benz Landscaping Lyme Disease Prevention

Make sure you and your family are aware of the following symptoms Lyme disease may cause and contact your physician right away if you notice any sign.

Early Symptoms: These can occur within a month after being infected with Lyme disease.

• Rash: This is the most vital and obvious symptom associated with Lyme disease.  A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite, although a red bump associated with a tick bite doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Lyme disease. But, if the redness increases over the next few days, forming a bulls-eye pattern it is a serious sign of a Lyme disease infection. Some people may develop this rash in several different places on their body.

• Flu-like Symptoms: You want to keep an eye out for feelings like: fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache (usually associated with the bulls-eye rash).

Later Symptoms:  Several weeks to months after being infected you may notice some of these symptoms.

• Joint Problems: You may notice outbreaks of severe joint pain and swelling, especially in your knees. The pain can shift back and forth between different joints.

• Neurological Problems: Some serious issues may occur weeks, months or even years after you have been infected. These issues may be inflammation of your brain membranes (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness of your limbs and impaired muscle movement.

Don’t let anyone in your family come in contact with any infected deer ticks. By taking advantage of tick control services, you can avoid the dangers and threats of Lyme disease. Contact Peter Benz Landscaping to have one of our experienced tick control technicians install the right tools to decrease the population and prevent the spread of Lyme disease on and around your Bucks County property.