Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

This month is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and A&C Pest Management would like to help raise awareness on this common, but preventable disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 30,000 reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States each year. It's transmitted through the bite of a blacklegged tick that's infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, and most cases can be treated with antibiotics.

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How Do I Know that I Have Fleas?

How Do I Know that I Have Fleas?


There is nothing worse than playing a pest guessing game. Is there something in my home and what is it? Perhaps the hardest pests to track down are fleas. Since they are so minute, they are not easily spotted by the naked eye, but don’t worry, there are a few clever ways to get those pesky fleas out of their favorite hiding spaces.
Pets, especially dogs, are seemingly the most vulnerable to fleas so they are a good place to start looking for them. If your pets are continually itching or scratching, start inspecting their surroundings. Look for a salt and pepper mixture on your pet’s bed. This is made from a combination of their bodies and larvae. Give your dog a bath and then examine the bath water. You will be able to see the fleas, if there are any.


Another great trick for luring them out is a dish of water and a candle. Simply place a small, lit candle in the center of a dish of soapy, but not bubbly, water. The fleas will jump towards the flame and land in the water. You can also create the same effect by placing the dish in front of a nightlight that is plugged in a low outlet on the wall.

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Ticks

Ticks- What you need to know

Summertime is here and that means outdoor activities for you and your family. Unfortunately, this also means having to deal with the unwanted pests that come along with those activities. When hiking, camping, or even having a picnic, it is important to be extremely cautious about ticks.

Ticks are small, external parasites, that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and even reptiles and amphibians. When feeding, they can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Also, contrary to popular belief, they cannot jump or fly; they are actually slow moving and patient. They will hang on to the edges of leaves or branches with a number of their legs (they have eight) and keep their front two outstretched, waiting for a body to come along that they can cling on to. Don’t let a constant fear of getting bit by a tick prevent you from enjoying the beautiful summer weather. There are things you can do to prevent ticks on your person and prevent ticks on your dog, as well.

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