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Stop Ticks

31 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Norwood, MADEET, showers, and tick checks can stop ticks.

Reduce your chances of getting a tickborne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.

Gardening, camping, hiking, and playing outdoors – when enjoying these activities, don't forget to take steps to prevent bites from ticks that share the outdoors. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness.

Before You Go Outdoors

  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks.
  • Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
  • Use a repellent with DEET on skin. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Reduce Ticks in Your Yard

  • Modify your landscape to create Tick-Safe Zones[6.82 MB]. Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas, and keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.
  • Consider using a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert, and even limited applications can greatly reduce the number of ticks. A single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68–100%.
  • Discourage deer. Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

Prevent Ticks on Animals

Use tick control products to prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home. Tick collars, sprays, shampoos, or “top spot” medications should be used regularly to protect your animals and your family from ticks. Consult your veterinarian and be sure to use these products according to the package instructions.

For more information on tick prevention in your yard, contact EHS Pest.


Rats Entering From Sewer System - Boston MA

16 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Beacon Hill

The City of Boston Inspectional Services Department and Boston Water and Sewer coordinate expertise with EHS Pest Services to perform a smoke test. What is a smoke test you ask? It's usually an integral part of solving a big problem. Rat invasions of structures from underground.

Rats take shelter and travel in the human built subterranean tunnels in our cities. We forget the sewer, storm water and utility systems are networked in a complex maze just under our feet.

Human waste and electricity generate life giving warmth to these lightly furred mammals and liquid water is abundant in most of these confined spaces.

Homeowners in the older areas of Boston are increasingly experiencing failure in lateral lines that support the sanitary out-flow and this could lead to an influx of Norway Rats, Mice, American Cockroaches and Filth Flies.

Our good friends at The City of Boston Inspectional Services Division and Boston Water and Sewer are dedicated partners in assisting home owners and progressive pest management companies in a solution to pest invasion.

This test revealed a broken area behind our clients foundation wall. Next step, open the area, repair and solve this infestation.

Root cause found, solution prescribed.

Thank you City of Boston for your knowledge, professionalism forward thinking approach.

Experts Warn of Increases in Tick-borne Powassan Virus

08 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

(CNN)Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease.

Over the past decade, 75 cases have been reported in the northeastern states and the Great Lakes region, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though no one can say how many infections will occur this year, warmer winters have led to an increased tick population, so experts predict rising tick-borne infections of many types.

Everyone is at risk for Powassan: Newborns, 20-somethings, the middle-aged, the elderly and the immunocompromised. Anyone bitten by an infected tick can get it, said Dr. Jennifer Lyons, chief of the Division of Neurological Infections and Inflammatory Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Infections are most likely during late spring, early summer and mid-fall, when ticks are most active.

"About 15% of patients who are infected and have symptoms are not going survive," said Lyons, who is also an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. "Of the survivors, at least 50% will have long-term neurological damage that is not going to resolve."

Although most infected people will never show symptoms, those who do become sick usually do so a few days to about a week after the tick bite, she said. The most common symptoms will be fever and headache.

'Flu-like' symptoms

"You basically feel nonspecific flu-like stuff," Lyons said, including "muscle aches and pains; maybe you have a little rash on your skin, but almost certainly, you'll have a fever and the headache."

The unlucky few who develop a more serious illness will do so "very quickly over the next couple of days," she said. "You start to develop difficulties with maintaining your consciousness and your cognition. ... You may develop seizures. You may develop inability to breathe on your own."

Just as there are no vaccines to prevent infection, there are also no treatments for Powassan.

"There are some experimental therapies we try when somebody comes in and they get here early enough and we get the therapy started early enough, but we have no idea if any of that works," Lyons said.

Standard treatment includes intravenous fluids, though antiviral medications, systemic corticosteroids and other drugs have been tried in some patients.

Scientists also believe Powassan is on the rise based on studies that have identified an increasing number of infections in deer.

"So it does seem that there are more and more deer that they're finding that have been infected with this virus," Lyons said. "So we should expect it to increase in human disease incidence over the next few years."

Similarly, Lyme is showing increasing numbers.

According to a recent tick summary report (PDF), 19% of deer ticks received and tested by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, a state-owned research facility, in 2012 were found to be infected with Lyme disease, and 29% of the deer ticks tested positive for the virus in 2016.

A bad tick season ahead

Goudarz Molaei, a research scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, is predicting more new Lyme disease infections in the coming months due to larger numbers of ticks and higher infection rates among them. Each year, there are nearly 30,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease across the United States, according to the CDC, though with unconfirmed cases, the total may be as high as 300,000.

Historically, in the winter, the station doesn't receive many ticks for testing, he explained: one or two per month, maybe five at the most.

"This year so far, we've received hundreds of ticks," Molaei said. "Since April 1, we've received nearly 1,000 ticks." This greater abundance comes as a result of two consecutive warm winters, which the insects are better able to survive, and longer springs and summers.

Overall, 38% of these ticks have tested positive for Lyme disease, he said.

"In one day, 50% of ticks were infected," he said. Peak season should be occurring around June or July.

"To make the matter more complicated, we are seeing greater number of ticks infected with other tick-associated pathogens, including babesiosis and anaplasmosis," Molaei said. Both babesiosis and anaplasmosis usually don't have symptoms, just like Powassan, though both may cause severe or even life-threatening illnesses.

"With ticks, it is no longer just Lyme disease," Molaei said.

Prevention is the first step

The Powassan virus was first discovered in Ontario in 1958.

"A kid came down with an unspecified encephalitis," or brain inflammation, Lyons explained. When the never-seen-before virus was identified, the scientists called it Powassan after the town where the child lived.

Only a couple of cases were seen each year from the 1950s to the early 2000s, when reports of cases in Canada and the US started to rise. A paper suggested that the virus might have been found in far eastern Russia as well.

Dr. Daniel Pastula, an assistant professor of neurology, medicine (infectious diseases) and epidemiology at University of Colorado Denver and Colorado School of Public Health, explains that of the three ticks that can carry Powassan -- Ixodes cookei, Ixodes marxi and Ixodes scapularis -- the third "likes to bite humans" the most.

Commonly known as a deer tick, Ixodes scapularis can also bite mice, Pastula explained.

"The thought is maybe that is where it gets Powassan from," he said. The virus may enter the cycle between ticks and small and medium-size forest rodents that live up in the Great Lakes and Northeast, and "humans just happen to be occasionally involved in that cycle."

"Unless you're an entomologist, it's very hard to identify ticks. They're kind of small," he said.

"The best thing people can do if they're worried about Powassan or any other tick-borne virus is to prevent against all tick bites," Pastula said. Join the conversation

This is best done by avoiding high brushy areas whenever you're in the woods, wearing long sleeves and pants when feasible, using insect repellent and doing tick checks after being outdoors, he said.

"It has to be insect repellent that is actually shown to work. Things with DEET or picaridin or IR3535 are the recommended ones, according to the EPA and the CDC," Pastula said.

"Essentially, you don't need to worry about Powassan if you don't get bit by a tick," he said.

To learn more about ticks and how to get rid of them, call EHS Pest.

Source: CNN

Carpenter Ants are Strong - MA, RI

05 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Ants are amazing! Carpenter Ants are very strong. Not only in lifting capabilities but they can chew through wood to make their homes.

A house is a dead tree to them.

We are experts in finding the source and solving your ant and other pest problem.

Call EHS Pest for help.


Bedbug Infestation - Boston, MA

04 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Bedbug populations can reach epic numbers if not immediately addressed.

This photograph shows hundreds of bedbug eggs glued to the underside of a box spring. Adult bedbugs, cast skins and fecal staining also in large numbers.

It's a bit more work with such a large infestation, but it will be eliminated and the home will be bedbug free.

Call EHS Pest if you suspect any pest problem and we will prescribe the solution.

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The East Coast will be a disease war zone this year

03 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Ticks carrying Lyme disease are expected to be rampant on the Appalachian Trail and much of the East coast this summer, says Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems in Millbrook, New York, who has studied ticks and their relationship with Lyme disease for 30 years.

The summer of 2015 produced the perfect conditions for oak trees to produce acorns, the main source of food for white-footed-mice that live in Eastern forests. More food for these mice leads to an exploding mouse population. The white-footed mice are the most popular hosts for black-legged ticks, the main carrier of Lyme disease. With more mice, ticks can more easily find a warm body on which to live and later reproduce, passing down the Lyme disease to the nymphs. The nymphs have the highest rate of transmitting the disease because they are incredibly difficult to notice, being about the size of a poppy seed. The black-legged ticks have increased their range by 20 percent from 1998 and are now found in 50 percent of U.S. counties.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 300,000 reported cases of Lyme disease every year. That total does not include the thousands of people who go undiagnosed. Holly Ahern, an associate professor of microbiology at the State University of New York, has studied Lyme disease for seven years. Ahern says that the Lyme disease bloodwork only accurately diagnoses about 50 percent of those who are tested. She estimates the more accurate number of people affected with Lyme disease is closer to 600,000.

Ticks are often found in body crevices and hard-to-reach places such as armpits, groins, and behind the ears. It usually takes 36 to 48 hours to transfer the disease. Lyme disease symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes, often confused with a cold or flu by the carrier. The most identifiable symptom of Lyme is a rash in the shape of a bulls-eye found near the bite. According to the CDC, 70-80 percent of people infected with Lyme disease find this mark.

If recognized and treated, Lyme disease can resolve within two to three weeks. However, if gone untreated or undiagnosed, people can experience much more severe symptoms including short-term memory loss, facial palsy, inflammation of the brain, and heart palpitations.

To avoid ticks, your best defense is wearing long sleeves and pants. Tuck in your shirt and your pants into your socks to limit the tick’s access to your skin.

For more tick prevention tips, call EHS Pest.

Source: blueridgeoutdoors.com

Mice and Cars - Newton, MA

01 May 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Mice in the car

Mice, rats, squirrels love making automobiles home.

With warm weather here, collector cars and their pilots are emerging from hibernation to enjoy the beautiful spring.

Unfortunately, some owners might discover their prized automobile sidelined because they were mouse jacked! Mice and other rodents took command of the engine compartment and now they don't run.

We have a solution. Pest exclusion.

We will prevent them from entering the garage and prevent all of the damage and frustration. With no poisons around, they wont die in the heating ducts or headliner either so the only smell you enjoy are the spring flowers as you cruise the roads. Call EHS Pest for more details.

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