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TICKED OFF ??
MONTAUK ’ S Home Management Professionals

REAL ESTATE : HOME IMPROVEMENTS

TICKED OFF ??

Well , you should be ! 2017 is likely to go

down as the worst single year on record for ticks in this area . They are literally everywhere ! On trees , bushes , flowers , weeds , your lawn , your deck , your patio , seemingly floating in the breeze you can ’ t take a step outside most homes in this area without the prospect of a tick of some kind finding and feasting on you .
Why , dear God , is this year so bad ? As strange as it sounds it all goes back to last fall . You may remember great weather left us with a bumper crop of acorns littering the East End . What ’ s that got to do with ticks ? Acorns are the prime protein for little varmints like mice , moles and voles , that are in essence the prime delivery system for bringing ticks into your backyard .
Thought it was deer ? Sure , they play a part , but you can at least protect yourself from their intrusion by screening or fencing your property . You can ’ t do that with those other warm-blooded , fleet footed little rodents . They can crawl or burrow and tunnel their way into any yard anywhere . Just as loaded with ticks as deer , their sheer numbers and habitat ensure a steady spread of ticks . And with last year ’ s bonanza of food feeding them we have more small rodents this year to spread ticks than every before !
So , what to do ? That is besides stay indoors , order pizza and wait for winter !
To have a chance of enjoying your backyard with some degree of peace of mind and safety you need a pro like EAST END TICK AND MOSQUITO CON- TROL 631-324-9700 / 631-287-9700 . Easily the East

A DEADLY DISEASE

End ’ s largest and most experienced folks , armed with an array of ecologically sensitive yet effective products , they have the tools and techniques to tackle your tick problem .

We all know that ticks carry a variety of ills . Lyme ’ s disease is the most common , found in most every tick

that crawls across the East End landscape . Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is far less frequently transmitted , but still a staple of some local ticks . Although the recently imported Lone Star tick ( little fellow with the white dot ) seems to carry a whole pharmacy of problems , according to the CDC it does not carry Lyme ’ s . It does however , transmit STARI ( Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness ) that mimics the red rash , fever and joint pain of Lyme ’ s . Thankfully , both it and Lyme ’ s respond well to immediate and consistent anti-biotic treatment .
One scary new wrinkle the tick department is the recent cases of Powassan , a deadly virus spread by the same deer ticks that carry Lyme . Although very rare , only 16 cases reported in New York State since 2000 , this May a woman in Saratoga Springs died from it . And with one other confirmed , non-fatal case in Upstate , it seems we should be on the lookout for it here at some point , too .
If you find a tick on you the course is simple and clear . First , remove it with a pair of tweezers , being careful to work the head out . Second , clean the would and apply a local antiseptic . Third , call your doctor . Odds are if the tick was on you for less than 24 hours your chance of any transmission is slim . Nevertheless , a 2-7 day course of strong antibiotics is generally recommended . In most every case handled properly you will suffer no long term effects . Ignore the problem and you could be in for a lifetime ’ s suffering .

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REAL ESTATE: HOME IMPROVEMENTS TICKED OFF?? W ell, you should be! 2017 is likely to go down as the worst single year on record for ticks in this area. They are literally ev- erywhere! On trees, bushes, flowers, weeds, your lawn, your deck, your patio, seemingly floating in the breeze you can’t take a step outside most homes in this area without the prospect of a tick of some kind finding and feasting on you. Why, dear God, is this year so bad? As strange as it sounds it all goes back to last fall. You may remember great weather left us with a bumper crop of acorns lit- tering the East End. What’s that got to do with ticks? Acorns are the prime protein for little varmints like mice, moles and voles, that are in essence the prime delivery system for bringing ticks into your backyard. Thought it was deer? Sure, they play a part, but you can at least protect yourself from their intrusion by screening or fencing your property. You can’t do that with those other warm-blooded, fleet footed little rodents. They can crawl or burrow and tunnel their way into any yard anywhere. Just as loaded with ticks as deer, their sheer numbers and habitat ensure a steady spread of ticks. And with last year’s bonanza of food feeding them we have more small rodents this year to spread ticks than every before! So, what to do? That is besides stay indoors, order pizza and wait for winter! To have a chance of enjoying your backyard with some degree of peace of mind and safety you need a pro like EAST END TICK AND MOSQUITO CON- TROL 631-324-9700/631-287-9700. Easily the East End’s largest and most experienced folks, armed with an array of ecologically sensitive yet effective products, they have the tools and techniques to tackle your tick problem. A DEADLY DISEASE W e all know that ticks carry a variety of ills. Lyme’s disease is the most common, found in most every tick that crawls across the East End landscape. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is far less frequently transmit- ted, but still a staple of some local ticks. Although the recently imported Lone Star tick (little fellow with the white dot) seems to carry a whole pharmacy of problems, according to the CDC it does not carry Lyme’s. It does however, transmit STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness) that mimics the red rash, fever and joint pain of Lyme’s. Thankfully, both it and Lyme’s respond well to immediate and consistent anti-biotic treatment. One scary new wrinkle the tick department is the recent cases of Powassan, a deadly virus spread by the same deer ticks that carry Lyme. Although very rare, only 16 cases reported in New York State since 2000, this May a woman in Saratoga Springs died from it. And with one other confirmed, non-fatal case in Upstate, it seems we should be on the lookout for it here at some point, too. If you find a tick on you the course is simple and clear. First, remove it with a pair of tweezers, being careful to work the head out. Second, clean the would and apply a local antiseptic. Third, call your doctor. Odds are if the tick was on you for less than 24 hours your chance of any transmission is slim. Neverthe- less, a 2-7 day course of strong antibiotics is generally recommended. In most every case handled properly you will suffer no long term effects. Ignore the problem and you could be in for a lifetime’s suffering. MONTAUK’S Home Management Professiona “ٙ\[YX\T[X[ۂ]^\[܈[[\[܈[X[ۜ“ۈHYZKKS[۝H܈[۝H\]Y[BH\Z^H[]YX[H]\H\Y\YY“X\[ ۜ\XH][ۂTUHUUTPBTRT0PRSSSBS0UQSВSTSBӕSQSHԑBHS0SRQԂSHQT0PPPՑTBX[Y[[\YKLNN ˑܚY]Z[˘B[۝]Z [\ۈYH]Y\ MBQH PUSP0QSS0SS”SPS0TRT•S0PRSSSBQTŒTSQTSBTPBY\[X[ X][ H[۝]ZY^H0[۝]ZK LMH˛X\[[ۜ˘B˓[۝]ZYK