LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control service, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.
Before taking a jump into that big pile of leaves, remember that ticks are still highly active in the fall. Many people think that once the temperatures start to drop, so do the ticks, but that's not so. Many unsuspecting people find themselves with tick bites in the fall and winter as they go about fall clean-up, leaf raking, and other outdoor activities. It's vital that Long Islanders take precautions such as avoiding habitats, using repellents when working outside and utilizing repellents on pets. Alternative EarthCare discusses four important facts to remember about ticks in the autumn season.
1. Tick life-cycles continue through all seasons Many people believe that when colder weather sets in, ticks die, but in fact, ticks survive throughout the year. Though many ticks die once frost sets in, many varieties of ticks remain active in the colder months. Not only can ticks still bite in the cold weather, but they also continue to proliferate, leading to large populations emerging in the upcoming spring season. Properties should be treated throughout the autumn and into early winter to minimize populations now as well as minimize the populations that could start to emerge in the spring.
2. Ticks are prevalent in leaf and wood piles As the weather turns, homeowners start raking, piling, and picking up leaves, as well as starting to chop and pile wood for fireplaces. Leaf piles and wood piles are common habitats for ticks. When working in the outdoors, ensure that long sleeves and pants are worn, repellant is used, and that a full body check is done afterward.
3. Winter ticks commonly enter residential properties on deer and small mammals Groundhogs, mice, and other small mammals are all common carriers of disease spreading ticks, as are deer, which commonly host the Lyme-carrying deer tick. Treat properties with sprays and non-liquid treatments as well as ensuring that a wood-chip or mulch border surrounds properties to prevent tick migration. If possible, put up a fence to keep out wandering hosts.
4. Ticks can survive on their host through the winter before laying eggs in the spring Tiny ticks can easily burrow into pet's fur and go unnoticed for a long period. Ticks can survive for months on their host before dropping off in the spring when they can lay up to 3,000 eggs. For indoor pets that are not treated, this could lead to a home infestation. Ensure that pets receive tick treatments throughout the fall season to better protect them and the family.
Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.
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