Ticks

Pest Management Services in Rhode Island

Ticks in your area may infect you with one of two dangerous diseases:

Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is caused by the bite of infected deer ticks. Symptoms include a distinctive "bull's-eye" shaped rash, fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and joint aches. About 15,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States every year. Almost all of those cases occurred in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a disease caused by tick bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain and rash. Most cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occur from April to September. Although the disease is named Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the disease has been found in 45 states. Most cases of the disease occurred in North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Preventing Tick Bites

There are two simple things you can do to prevent tick bites:

  • Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
  • After you spend time outside try to check yourself for ticks. Have someone look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully

Carpenter Ants

In some areas of the country, carpenter ants cause more damage to structures than termites. They are difficult insects to control and can cause extensive damage to wood members in a fairly short period of time. Houses located near wooded areas or brush covered vacant lots are good candidates for infestation.

Wasps

Wasps can be distinguished from bees by their smooth, rather than hairy, bodies. The discovery of a wasp nest generally creates a real sense of urgency. You may become anxious about the safety of your family, pets, and property, and you will have an immediate desire to eradicate the wasps from your property.

Spiders

Spiders area common and feared household pest. A black widow or brown recluse taking up residence in your home can be a real cause for alarm, as their venom can cause a dangerous reaction. Most other species spiders are generally harmless to humans, but their webs can cause an unsightly situation in your home.