Scale Insects on Trees: The Impact of an Infestation

Scale insects on trees are not something you want to have to deal with. 

They’re waxy insects that pierce trees with their mouths and suck sap from them. This makes it more difficult for trees to maintain moisture and nutrients in the short term. The honeydew that scale excretes onto trees can provide sustenance for sooty mold that can cause further infestations and damage to trees. 

There are more than 60 varieties that occur in Michigan, and many times they are not noticed or are ignored until tree or shrub branches start to die. So, let’s take a look at some of the negative effects scale infestations can have on tree health and the importance of applying treatments as quickly as possible.

Types of Scale Insects

Soft (Lecanium), kermes, and bark scales produce honeydew. These scales feed directly on plant parts that transport fluid and nutrients. This can reduce plant growth and cause leaf drop or branch dieback. The most common symptom of soft scale infestation is an accumulation of honeydew and sooty mold on or beneath a plant.

Armored scales do not produce honeydew. The armored scale’s straw-like mouth moves like a plumber’s snake to burst plant cells and feed on their contents. This can reduce plant growth and vigor. Common symptoms of infestation include premature leaf drop and branch dieback.  

Pit scales are likely to do the same to the raised plant tissue that surrounds them. If there are large numbers of scale, the pits coalesce, making the twig surface appear dimpled and roughened. Feeding by oak pit scales can kill twigs and the dead leaves remain on infested twigs through the winter. 

The Juniper scale is a very common and sometimes serious pest of juniper. They are light gray or white, very small, and nearly circular. They like to attach themselves to the underside of the needles, rather than the bark. 

One of the first signs of an infestation is when leaves on individual branches begin losing their color and may eventually die.

Lecanium scale and Cottony Maple scale are the most common in Southeast Michigan. They will cover the branches of silver maple, honeylocust, and many other species of hardwood trees in our area.

The biggest problem comes from the droplets of honeydew raining down from infested trees in May and early June. Honeydew is the sugary liquid waste excreted by scale insects. A considerable amount of honeydew is excreted because scale insects need to suck a lot of sap from trees in order to get the amount of protein they need for growth and development.

Another problem that can develop is mold. The honeydew is often mistaken for tree sap as it covers cars and buildings under infested trees. The accumulation of honeydew can lead to the growth of black, sooty mold. Finding sooty mold under a plant is often the first indication that there are scale insects, but it may also indicate aphids and other sucking insects.

Scale infestations rarely kill trees but can damage them and be especially hard on young trees. Even the most mature trees that are infested can become thin and experience branch dieback. And repeated heavy Lecanium scale infestations can kill branches or crown dieback in trees. 

When Do Scale Insects Appear?

There are typically two times of the year that scale insects become active. It’s because there are two generations in Michigan. The first hatching in early to mid-June, and the second in late July or early August. 

How To Control Scale Insects

The good news is that there are ways to control scale populations. These natural predators can be held in check, even after you’ve noticed eggs on your trees and shrubs. A proactive approach is best. 

But keep this in mind, scale insects are not easy to control with traditional contact insecticides because of the covering that protects their bodies.

The most effective control strategy is to spray with insecticides, beginning at egg hatch, when the so-called crawlers first appear. Use insecticides during the hatching period when crawlers are first observed will provide maximum effectiveness.

You don’t have to let scale insects destroy your trees! If you’d like to find out how to get them under control or from ever showing up in the first place, feel free to contact Safari Tree. One of our professional arborists will be happy to give you a rundown of the quick, effective treatment and prevention services we offer.

What Is the Best Way to Control Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes can make the spring, summer, and fall months absolutely miserable, especially if your home is near a body of water. And while bug zappers and insect repellents are more of a temporary fix, the best way to control mosquitoes is to form a barrier on your property.

But how do you do that?

Let’s take a look at some of the ways to keep them at bay.

Why Treat For Mosquitoes?

Before we talk about controlling mosquitoes around your home, it’s important to understand the reasons why you should keep your mosquito population from getting too big. First, they’re a nuisance. No matter where you go or what you do, they’ll find you and bite. 

Secondly, mosquitoes can transmit a number of different infectious diseases, many of which cause long-term health problems or can be fatal. After they get a piece of you, they travel from host to host, transmitting mosquito-borne diseases, diseases found in Southeast Michigan include:

  • West Nile Virus
  • Zika
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis 

Mosquitoes can also affect the local economy. If you live in an area that’s prone to mosquitoes, it can hurt home values and tourism dollars. 

Mosquito Breeding Grounds To Look For

There are a few things that attract mosquitoes to be aware of so you can start to reduce your mosquito population. The first step in doing this is to control the areas in which they like to breed.

Mosquitoes can breed anywhere with standing water. As long as there is an inch or more of water, mosquitoes will lay their eggs. 

You can prevent a mosquito problem by removing water sources, including:

  • Ponds
  • Swimming pools
  • Birdbaths 
  • Puddles 

Essentially, areas where their eggs won’t wash downstream. And remember, mosquitoes understand that water can evaporate at a rapid rate, so they often search for deep pools of water to lay their eggs.

Best Way To Control Mosquitoes

To reduce mosquito numbers around your home, form a barrier between you and the bugs. 

While at-home sprays can help temporarily ward off mosquitoes, the best way to control mosquitoes is to have a professional apply a powerful spray. That way, you’ll have a barrier in place that prevents mosquitoes from entering backyards in the first place — versus having to fight these insects off after they’re inside the “fence,” so to speak. 

A professional team will also know exactly what type of insecticide to use and where to place it. 

They’re trained to locate and eliminate your mosquito problem at its source.

Investing in a professional mosquito spray treatment, like those offered by Safari Tree, can protect you and your family all season long.

Our mosquito control is GUARANTEED to kill mosquito larvae. We use ​proven methods to do this, as well as natural mosquito control. It’s a powerful mist treatment that covers your property without jeopardizing safety.

Contact Safari Tree’s professional pest control services today to get a free estimate.

Why You Should Invest in a Flea and Tick Yard Treatment

Fleas and ticks can be incredibly harmful to dogs, cats and humans, too. But it’s only part of the reason you should consider a flea and tick yard treatment. From the diseases they transmit to the allergic reactions they can cause for you and your pets alike, fleas and ticks need to be kept out of yards, as this is often where infestations start.

With warming temps approaching, summer is prime time for flea and tick infestations. They thrive in warm, humid climates and can find their way to your pets in the most common environments — on a walk, a trip to the park, and in your own backyard.

Let’s take a look at some flea and tick yard treatments that can help protect you and your pets all summer long.

Where Flea And Tick Control Starts

flea and tick control

If you see an occasional mouse running through your yard, you should be on alert. Rodents are big carriers, and it’s not just mice. Rats and those cute little chipmunks are carriers, too. Their passengers will attach themselves to you and your pet, and then they’re inside your home.

You’ll want to pay attention to your dog and outdoor cats. If you see them scratching constantly, there’s a good chance you’ll start finding fleas and you’ll need to treat your yard. Remember that very few flea and tick infestations will come directly from your pet. The vast majority of them usually start outside your home. This is why it’s critical to not only treat your pet for fleas but also your yard.

Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

Like anything in your yard, you can chose a DIY solution or go with a professional.  If you chose to do it yourself, one of the first things you might want to try to curb your tick and flea infestation is an over-the-counter yard spray. This ready-to-spray, hose-end treatment kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other listed insects. Manufacturers claim they can kill adult fleas outdoors for up to 12 weeks.

 

Another options is cinnamon oil, which is a highly concentrated essential oil that kills ticks on contact by smothering them. For best results, you should apply it in early spring. You spray the diluted solution and spray it on your lawn, but beware. While cinnamon oil is a safe, non-toxic choice for tick control in your yard, always use caution when working with or mixing this product. In some cases, humans and pets who come in contact with cinnamon oil experience contact dermatitis. 

You also have to make sure that your lawn is properly hydrated and not under water stress before applying cinnamon oil. If you don’t, you could damage your turf.

While both of these solutions do work, the treatments can be challenging to apply correctly to achieve good results, and they do not last as long as treatments professionally applied.

This is why the safest, most effective route to take is a professional flea and tick yard treatment, like a dormant oil spray. It can be applied to trees around your yard, they don’t leave behind a toxic residue and dissipate quickly.

Professional Flea And Tick Yard Treatments Are Best 

Flea and tick control in Southeast Michigan can be challenging. That’s why investing in a professional flea and tick yard treatment works best. This integrated pest management approach involves inspection, then targeting eggs, tick and flea larvae and adults with the appropriate insecticides.  

If you’re a pet owner, you need to be extra vigilant about flea and tick control for both yourself and your pets. A professional treatment will help keep your family and pets safe from these harmful insects and help you to feel more comfortable in your outdoor space.  

Safari Tree flea and tick treatments attack your infestation at the source. And without the onslaught of bugs, you’ll be able to use your yard regularly, instead of running for cover.

 

 

How To Get Rid Of Tree Beetles

If you’re wondering how to get rid of beetles in a tree, the answer is simple. You have to know what type of beetle you’re dealing with. There are some sure-fire ways to get rid of them, so you can make your beetle problem go away.

If you have a beetle infestation in your tree, they’re there to feed. Most beetles are herbivores, eating only plants. This includes roots, stems, leaves, seeds, nectar, fruits, or even the wood of the plant itself. 

So, let’s take a look at how to get rid of beetles in a tree before they do permanent damage.  

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Mosquito Control Chemicals: Are They Safe?

Every homeowner dreams of a mosquito-free yard in the summer. While professional solutions may seem viable to keep these pests at bay, it’s natural for there to be concerns over the safety of mosquito control chemicals — especially if you have children or pets.

So, are mosquito control chemicals safe? When EPA-registered mosquito control chemicals are applied based on label instructions and at low levels, the answer to this question should be yes.

There are households with increased sensitivities to chemicals, whether it’s tied to allergies, sensitive skin or compromised immune systems. In these scenarios, mosquito control chemicals deemed safe by the EPA and properly applied can still have adverse effects. This can come in the form of skin, eye and bronchial irritation.

If you’re worried about the chemical sensitivity of your household, it’s probably best to swap the traditional mosquito control chemicals with a more natural route.

Natural Mosquito Control for Sensitive Households

As the name implies, natural mosquito control eliminates the use of chemicals and instead uses organic materials to ward off mosquitoes. These all-natural recipes come with no negative side effects for children and pets (or the environment for that matter), which translates to stress-free mosquito control for even the most sensitive households.

Just as is the case for mosquito control chemicals, some natural mosquito control solutions are more effective than others. Whereas as citronella, for instance, evaporates quickly and provides defense against mosquitoes for only a short period, cedar oil — a natural protectant for cedar trees against mosquitoes and other pests — evaporates more slowly and provides longer, more effective protection. (Pair cedar oil with a hint of peppermint, an aroma that mosquitoes can’t stand, and you’ll have an added layer of defense in place.)

Safari Tree Offers Conventional & Organic Mosquito Control

While every home deserves safe and effective mosquito control, we realize this doesn’t always come in the form of a single solution. Conventional applications of mosquito control chemicals will fulfill the needs of some homeowners, while others will require (or prefer) a more organic approach. That’s why to best serve Lush Lawn & Safari Tree customers, we offer conventional and organic applications for mosquito control.

Even though our conventional and organic mosquito control programs use different products — the former uses safe synthetic chemicals while the latter uses cedar and peppermint oils — both treatments are highly effective at driving away living mosquitoes and preventing mosquito larvae from maturing. Each conventional and natural application lasts for about 21 days, after which another spray is needed to provide full protection. (Note: Natural mosquito control sprays can be applied more than their synthetic counterparts since they have no negative side effects.)

Keeping your yard mosquito-free doesn’t have to come at the expense of feeling safe. With conventional and natural mosquito control programs to choose from, Lush Lawn & Safari Tree provides you with the options you need to feel comfortable in your outdoor environment. Talk to us about your mosquito control needs and we’ll set you up with the services you need to feel safe year-round. It all starts with requesting a free quote.

Locust Tree Insects and Diseases

Locust tree diseases

Locust trees are beautiful structures to have in your landscape. The locust tree naturalized in the Appalachian Mountains, but now, it can be seen throughout North America. It has a reputation for rapid growth and developing robust thorns. It requires a lot of maintenance, and you need to watch out for the numerous insects and diseases that can overpower the foliage. Locust tree insects and diseases will run rampant if you are not careful, so here are the pests you should keep an eye on. At the first sign of trouble, do not hesitate to contact tree care experts such as Safari Tree to save your locust tree.

Insects

Honeylocust plant bugs tend to infest trees in late spring. This is a damaging type of plant bug that tends to be green in appearance. You can tell you have an infestation of these bugs when there is brown or yellow spotting on the leaves, and you may also notice injured foliage. Leaves may become twisted, so your main course of action is to apply chemical controls.

You also need to watch out for honeylocust borers. These look like beetles that are long-horned or metallic in appearance. They tunnel into the bark of these trees during their larval stages. They usually lay their eggs in June, and they will only attack trees that are already stressed from disease or drought. Borers will find existing cankers to make their way further into the tree, and you will need to apply supplemental insecticidal controls to manage the rapidly growing population.

Blister beetles will attack locust trees in droves. They are ash-gray in appearance, and they will cause extreme defoliation over various components of the tree. Infestations usually occur at the end of June or beginning of July. Similarly to any of the other insects, the best way to deal with these is with insecticides. Other common types of insects to protect your locust tree against include:

  • Cottony maple scales
  • Eriophyid mites
  • Honeylocust spider mites
  • Honeylocust podgall midges

Locust Tree Diseases

Black locust tree trunk

Locust trees are susceptible to several different diseases. The fungus can impact any tree, and with locust trees, you really need to look out for verticillium wilt. This is a fungus that enters the tree through the roots. The main issue with this disease is that it remains asymptomatic at first. However, over time, you will notice leaf curling, yellow or red leaf coloring and wilting branches. Wilting generally occurs on only one side of the tree, and it may even die suddenly.

Locust trees can sustain serious damage from the formation of cankers. These are easy to spot because dead spots will appear all of the bark of the trunk and branches. Cankers kill bark in all of the affected areas, and they can threaten the tree’s life. Cankers decay wood, which means the tree becomes more vulnerable to ice, heavy snow and extreme winds. The best way to avoid cankers is with preventative measures, such as annual fertilization, maintaining suitable soil moisture and proper watering.

Finally, wetwood is a serious disease that is associated with several different varieties of bacteria. Once a locust tree has this disease, the wood will turn into a yellow-brown color. Additionally, this area will feel wetter than usual. It is also possible for it to ooze slime. During the winter, the wood will crack, and the interior of the tree will sustain damage, resulting in splitting and warping. There is no way to effectively treat wetwood.

Protect Your Locust Trees

You can avoid these pests and diseases by having the experts at Safari Tree take care of any locust trees on your property. Contact us right away if you have any questions or concerns about your trees. Our goal is to keep your landscape as beautiful and healthy as possible.

How Does Perimeter Pest Control Work?

Human beings like to think their homes are a safe harbor from Mother Nature, but without help, it’s only a matter of time until unwanted pests invade your space. If you’re tired of reacting to infestations, it’s time to take a proactive approach by arranging perimeter pest control from an experienced exterminator.

Here’s a look at how Safari Tree’s exclusive defender program and pest control service provides year-round protection from insect invaders, and the benefits of this service. If you are having problems with pests, Safari Tree also offers a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns, a spider control service and more.

What Is Perimeter Insect Control?

perimeter pest control

If you’re a science-fiction fan, you’ve probably heard about force fields used for defense against unwanted invaders. While energy shields might only exist in movies and books, you can erect a chemical barrier around your home to keep pests away. We’ll come out to your house five times during the insect season and spray the building’s exterior so insects have no way of getting inside.

Our technicians will take a detailed look at your property and point out any problem areas that could create an incursion point. Now you know how it works, it’s time to take a look at the benefits of this service.

You Don’t Have To Be Home

Many service companies aren’t convenient for working people, which means you often need to head home early to make your appointment. Few things are more frustrating than rescheduling because you missed the worker by five minutes. Since perimeter defense takes place outside the building, you don’t have to be present for the technician to do his or her work.

You’ll get a notification that we’re going to be stopping by, but we can get to work without disrupting your routine. If you happen to be present for the service, feel free to point out any problem areas you may have noticed since your last treatment.

Keep Chemicals Out of Your Home

If you have children or pets, chemicals in the house could create a hazardous situation. By treating the outside of your building, we can use the most effective substances available. You won’t have to sacrifice effectiveness in the name of safety. The chemical blend is odorless, colorless and won’t harm your flowers, lawn or landscaping.

It’s Easier Than Removal

Once ants, termites and other pests set up shop in your home, it can be a major undertaking to rid the building of an infestation. Instead of concentrating efforts on the removal of the unwanted bugs, we stop them from entering the building in the first place. While the chemical barrier is a major component of this service, we’ll also take a look around and caulk up any cracks or holes that make a tempting entryway for insect visitors.

Enjoy a Pest-Free Life

Now you know some of the advantages that come with perimeter insect control, your next step is to find an experienced contractor to develop a plan of attack. At Safari Tree, we’ve spent more than 15 years working with Michigan homeowners, and you can trust us to make your home a no-fly zone for insects and other unwanted pests.

To learn more about our different service offerings or schedule an appointment for a free estimate, contact us online or call our office today at 1-844-255-3920.

How To Get Rid of Moles in Your Yard

How to get rid of moles in yard

Moles are like the annoying house guest that won’t leave. They can create a mess of your lawn and garden and cause all kinds of chaos under your beautiful grass. Despite homeowners’ best efforts, remedying the situation can prove harder than they think.

Many homeowners wonder how to get rid of moles in yard and garden spaces but don’t know where to turn. The best way to handle a mole problem is by enlisting the help of a professional pest control service

The experts at Safari Lawn know all about mole control for lawns and which types of moles are most common in Michigan. Here are some facts that can help you understand the problem and why getting rid of moles is not a DIY job.  

What Types of Moles Should I Watch For?

There are two main types of moles you’ll want to watch out for: the eastern mole and the star-nosed mole. The common mole (also called the eastern mole) is the bigger species and can cover some serious ground. It digs horizontally and has been known to cover about 2 acres in a day. It’s the energizer bunny of moles thanks to its insatiable appetite. It can consume its own body weight in insects every day.

The second type of mole is the star-nosed mole. It gets its name because of the flanges that extend off its nose in a star-like pattern. It moves in the opposite direction of the common mole. The star-nosed mole loves to dig up and down in long vertical tunnels leaving big mounds of soil on the surface.

Why Are Moles So Bad?

Despite what many people think, moles are not rodents. Moles are a type of mammal called an insectivore due to their diet of choice. Their main food source is earthworms and then grubs and other types of insects. If you think it might sound nice to have a mole to clear out your grub problem, think again.

As moles tunnel through your yard in search of food, they leave long dirt pathways or large mounds of soil in their wake. Not only are these areas of disturbance unsightly but they can cause real problems. When the mole burrows, it uproots the grass leaving it to wither and die. These areas of soft soil can also collapse causing potential “potholes” in your yard that can easily turn an ankle or send someone to the ground. 

When Are Moles Active?

Moles love to eat, which means they are active all the time, day and night. They are also year-round critters who don’t take breaks unless there is extreme heat or cold. You will see activity in the winter as well as the spring, fall and summer. Moles reproduce in the winter so it is an especially important time to put an end to the problem.

Expect to see an increase in activity after rainfall or heavy watering. If the soil gets soft, the moles get moving.

How Can Safari Tree Help?

The reason eradicating a mole problem can be so challenging is because you have to eliminate the entire population. Safari Tree has developed a complete 4 phase program that is designed to keep moles out of your yard and garden for the entire season, guaranteed. 

The professionals at Safari Tree identify active tunnels and imitate the mole’s natural food sources by placing bait injections every 8 to 10 feet. After the mole ingests the bait, they die and decompose underground in their tunnel. Safari Tree will return and retreat areas at least 45 days apart to ensure you go the course of the entire year without any reoccurring problems. If you choose a single application service, Safari Tree warranties that service for 45 days.

If moles have moved into your yard or garden, give Safari Tree a call. They will schedule a FREE service call and FREE estimate so you know how to get rid of moles in yard and garden areas fast.

In addition to mole control Safari Tree offers a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, vole control for lawns, a spider control service and more. Contact us for more details today.

Defender Pest Control Program from Safari Tree

Safari Tree specializes in pest control, and we have combined our top three services that defend and protect your home from known pests that carry and transmit diseases! Our new Defender program encompasses our Mosquito Control, our Fleas & Tick Control, and our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control services!

 

Safari Tree offers a pest control service including a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns, a spider control service and more. To provide residents of SE Michigan with the best protection against disease-carrying pests, we have combined our top three services that defend and protect your home from known pests that carry and transmit diseases! Our new Defender program encompasses our Mosquito Control, our Fleas & Tick Control, and our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control services!

Leading the industry with a life-changing program, our intent is to ensure that your family is protected year around from the various pests that can and will invade your property and home.

Our Mosquito Control program comes with five treatments throughout the season, starting just before the mosquitos begin showing up and controlling them throughout the summer months so that you are able to enjoy and take back your backyard! The West Nile virus has been documented in Southeast Michigan, and so we want to make sure you and your family are protected from this disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Our Fleas & Tick Control program has us coming out and spraying your property four times in the season so that your four-legged family members can also have a pest-free time when outdoors. Ticks are well known for carrying and transmitting Lyme disease, and they tend to attach themselves to our furry friends. Fleas are also an issue, and research is showing that fleas can also transmit diseases, though not as common nor as prevalent.

Finally, our Deluxe Perimeter Pest Control program is a five-time treatment throughout the year, and we treat not only the more common insects such as spiders and ants, but we also treat for stinging insects and ensure that nests, if present, are removed.

Protect your family for the coming season and contact Safari Tree to learn more about our Defender program!

Ticks in Michigan 2019 and How to Stay Safe

Tips for Staying Safe as Lyme Disease Carrying Ticks Spread to Eastern Michigan: The beginning of summer marks the beginning of long days at the lake and even longer nights hanging around the campfire, but it also marks the beginning of the 2019 tick season Michigan. Ticks in Michigan are nothing new, but this particular season has experts worried…

Tips for Staying Safe as Lyme Disease Carrying Ticks Spread to Eastern Michigan: The beginning of summer marks the beginning of long days at the lake and even longer nights hanging around the campfire, but it also marks the beginning of the 2019 tick season Michigan. Ticks in Michigan are nothing new, but this particular season has experts worried, as the blacklegged/deer tick is making its way further east. What’s so threatening about the deer tick? It carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

According to Click on Detroit, the blacklegged tick is no stranger to Michigan. However, until recently, the deer tick has made its home in the western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Now, the tick has been spotted as far east as Detroit. What’s more, in 2017, there were more than 300 cases of Lyme disease in humans; two-thirds of victims claim to have been exposed to the disease in Michigan.

If you are experiencing problems with ticks and need immediate assistance, Safari Tree offers a pest control service including a tick control service, mosquito control services, ant control services, mole control for lawns and a spider control service.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease: Have You Been Exposed?

Ticks in Michigan 2019

Unfortunately, ticks are stealthy, which means that most people are unaware that they’ve even been bitten. This is often the case even if a tick stays attached for one to two days, which is about how long they need to transmit bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a tick and are unsure about how long it was attached, remain vigilant for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, which often mimic those of the flu. Below are two lists: one detailing the early signs of Lyme disease and one detailing the symptoms that indicate the disease has progressed.

Early Signs of Lyme Disease

  • Fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and swollen lymph glands
  • Erythema migrans rash
    • EM occurs in approximately 70-80% of cases
    • Begins within three to 30 days and at the location of the tick bite, but may eventually extend to other parts of the body
    • Gets bigger over time
    • May be warm to the touch
    • Occasionally looks like a bulls-eye, but not always

Signs Lyme Disease Has Progressed

  • Sore neck and severe headaches
  • EM rashes across other areas of the body
  • Joint swelling and pain
  • Loss of muscle control in the face
  • Pain and tenderness in joints, muscles and bones
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Shortness of breath and dizziness
  • Short-term member problems
  • Shooting pain, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet

If left untreated, the disease has the potential to spread to the heart, joints and nervous system, systematically shutting down the body’s system. However, the good news is that the majority of early cases are treatable with antibiotics.

Minimizing Your Risk of Lyme Disease

The goal if this article is not to scare you but rather, to inform you. You can protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets from ticks and the diseases they carry with a bit of forethought and preventative measures.

First and foremost, avoid tick-infested areas. This includes tall grasses, overgrown brush and woodpiles. Do not let your pets into these areas either, as animals that come into contact with ticks outdoors often bring them inside.

When outdoors, use insect repellent. Strong formulas such as DEET 20-30% is often effective in keeping ticks and other undesirable insects at bay. Be sure to treat your clothes as well, as ticks have been known to hang out in fabrics until opportune times.

You should also always perform daily tick checks. Feel through your hair, under your armpits, behind your knees and other places a tick might hide. Bathing or showering after being outdoors can help you more easily locate attached ticks. If you find a tick, carefully remove it with a pair of tweezers and cleanse the area with an antiseptic.

Call in the Professionals

One of the best ways to keep ticks at bay during the 2019 tick season in Michigan is to allow Safari Tree to spray your yard. Contact Safari Tree to learn more about our pest control services.

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