Mosquito & Tick Control
Lucas Residential offers complete programs for both mosquito control and tick control around your home and business. Given the increased occurrences of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus (WNV) and Lyme Disease, tick and mosquito control is more important now than ever before. Our Lucas Mosquito & Tick Control not only controls the adult populations of these pests, but a licensed pesticide applicator will review your property to identify any tick or mosquito problem areas that may be contributing to their presence.
The Dangers of Mosquito and Tick Infestations
The presence of mosquitoes and ticks on your property are a serious concern, especially if the population has increased over the past year or two. Both pests are capable of transmitting serious diseases to humans and animals. In fact, incidences of these diseases have steadily increased across the country in recent years. In 2011, Lyme disease was the 6th most common Nationally Notifiable disease and 96 percent of reported cases came from just 13 states, with Maine ranking in at number three.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of a blacklegged tick. Symptoms include body-wide itching, chills, fever, headache, muscle pain, and stiff neck. Left untreated, the disease progresses to paralysis or weakness in the muscles of the face, muscle pain, swelling in the knees and other large joints, or heart problems. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported a steady increase in the rates of Lyme disease over the past few years. More worrisome is the fact that the severity of symptoms has intensified with more people experiencing arthritic and neurological symptoms than in previous years.
In addition to a high prevalence of Lyme disease, reported cases of another tick-borne illness have also increased. A few years ago, anaplasmosis was rarely found in Maine, but the past two years have shown a surge in infected victims. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches.
Tick-borne illnesses are not the only ones whose increasing rates of occurrence are concerning health officials, however. Mosquitoes also carry disease, and the dramatic rise in the incident rate of West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are causing concern nationwide.
West Nile Virus first appeared in the U.S. in the summer of 1999. Since that time, the virus has spread throughout the country. In its milder form known as West Nile fever, symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, nausea, rash, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and vomiting. More severe forms of the disease can cause confusion, loss of consciousness or coma, muscle weakness, stiff neck and weakness of one arm or leg.
While Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a rarely contracted by humans, it is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the U.S. with approximately 33% mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. Beginning symptoms include sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. Later symptoms include disorientation, seizures, or coma.
Why Lucas Mosquito & Tick Control?
The ever-increasing risks associated with mosquito and tick bites should be taken seriously. It is well worth the investment to hire a professional who can assess your yard and take the necessary precautionary measures that will help keep you and your loved ones from becoming victims of vector-borne diseases.
If you have a mosquito infestation, or a tick infestation, don’t take any chances. Lucas Residential offers complete programs that will rapidly address your mosquito problems and tick problems so you will have peace of mind knowing that your home or business is safe. Given the increased occurrences of West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, tick and mosquito control is more important than ever. Our Lucas Mosquito & Tick Control not only controls the adult pest populations, but our state-licensed pesticide applicators will review your property and identify problem areas that may be contributing to their presence. Call Lucas Tree Experts today and let us make sure that your yard is as pest-free as possible this summer.