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Ticks Carry Dangerous Diseases; Giroud Tree and Lawn Urges Families to Take a 4 Step Approach for Tick Control and Safety


Ticks carry dangerous diseases and illnesses and Giroud Tree and Lawn warns that ticks are attacking in high numbers in Pennsylvania. To help families combat this dangerous pest, Giroud presents 4 Steps for Tick Control and Safety including how to control ticks in the yard, check for ticks after outdoor activities and remove ticks embedded in the skin.

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. (PRWEB) August 06, 2018

There's no way around it- Insects in the summer time are inevitable! While some bugs are just annoying, others can pose serious risks, and ticks are at the top of the list. Ticks carry a variety of diseases that can harm homeowners and pets. Giroud Tree and Lawn recommends the following actions homeowners can take to protect properties from dangerous ticks and tick-borne illnesses.

Ticks carry a variety of diseases that can cause some pretty awful symptoms and side effects. Lyme Disease, Powassan Virus, Alpha-Gal Syndrome and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are some of the worst for humans and pets. The CDC Reported this year that Mosquito and Tick Borne Illnesses Have Tripled!

Controlling ticks in the yard

The best way to control ticks is to target habitats which will make the property a place where ticks don't want to hang out. Giroud highlights 4 Steps homeowners can take to control ticks on the property:

1. Clean Up the Yard: Ticks are shade lovers and can't survive in the sun! Cleaning up any overgrown vegetation will give ticks fewer places to congregate. Additionally, pruning tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge will let in more sunlight. Also, mow homeowners should lawn regularly because as HGTV's website explains: "Mowing the grass decreases tick "questing," which is the way they stalk their prey…meaning you. It also increases the temperature, meaning fewer cool clumps of tall grass to hide in, and ticks don't like the heat."

2. Choose plants that deter ticks: Ticks are deterred by mint, lavender, rosemary, marigolds and citronella grass. An added bonus is that mosquitoes and fleas also hate these strong smelling plants, so start planting!

3. Keep Deer Off the Property: Deer are the primary carrier of ticks through the yard. Use Deer Repellent treatments to deter deer from feeding on valuable plants and carrying ticks into the yard. Homeowners can go a step further and check the landscape to identify and remove plants that are attracting deer to the yard. HGTV provides a list of plants that are repellent to deer.

4. Tick Control Treatments: Many companies offer both 100% organic and traditional chemical based treatments to control ticks. A Tick Control Expert will assess the property for tick "Hot Spots" and suggest a treatment plan to attack areas where ticks gather. A Tick Control Expert will treat around the perimeter of the property and other high-risk areas where ticks are likely to live.

Check for ticks after outdoor activities: Even with tick control in the yard, it's still important to check family members and pets after any outdoor excursion.

"Tick protection starts with controlling ticks in the yard, the place where everyone spends the most time outdoors," says Lou Giroud, President and ISA Certified Arborist. "However, families must take additional precautions by checking for ticks after outdoor activities and if discovered quickly removing ticks before disease can be spread."

To find ticks on the body, the CDC recommends:

Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror. Parents should check children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in the hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.

Removing a Tick Embedded in the Skin: If a tick is discovered, University of Manitoba tick expert, Kateryn Rochon, Ph.D.'s video shows how to remove a tick with tweezers. The CDC also offers detailed instructions for removing a tick:

Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly with tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with fingers.

About Giroud Tree and Lawn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, lawn care and mosquito and tick control programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal, traditional and 100% organic lawn programs and mosquito and tick control. Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to properly diagnose, treat and maintain trees and lawn health. The company is Accredited by the Tree Care Industry Association and Better Business Bureau. Giroud has also been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The "Giroud Treework for Charity" program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company's service area. For more information, visit the company website at or call 215-682-7704.

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