I Wish There Was a Buffy the Tick Slayer

No joke. I try to approach my daily life with a certain level of compassion, optimism, and general good natured-ness. But sitting down to write this blog post about ticks has me a little… well, ticked off.

I cannot stand these nasty, hitchhiking freeloaders and can’t find anything redeeming to say about them. I mean the general nastiness of a tick is enough to get me started. Crab-like, creepy-crawly, and either so big they make my stomach turn or so small I have to say to myself, mid-squint “Is that a tick or a beauty mark?” They’re already losing points, big time, on looks alone.

Then, the fact that they live on blood? Well, I like vampires as much as the next gal, but these bloodsuckers are a far cry from Brad Pitt in Interview with a Vampire, or Angel, or Spike for that matter (my adherence to certain standards makes me unable to make any allusion to inferior vampire works that involve sparkly, lovesick  vampires.)

But what really gets me is this: that ticks have stolen something from outdoor life. They made jumping in the leaves, rolling down hills, napping with dogs, picnics, and gardening—dangerous and potentially hazardous to your health. I have to admit that I cringe when we sit in the grass, throw leaves around in the fall. And I pray nightly that my low-rider dog didn’t pick up any freeloading ticks in his romp in the backyard.

So, because there isn’t a Buffy the Tick Slayer, I deal. Ticks aren’t going anywhere. In fact, their numbers are increasing, and their territory is spreading. We have to learn to arm ourselves with the tools and knowledge needed to prevent tick bites and Lyme disease. (I was going to say we needed wooden stakes and garlic, but thought that would be taking it too far. Plus, I envisioned people stabbing their lawns and sprinkling garlic powder on their children and thought… nah…)

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Bonus Blog Article

How to keep ants away from your home in Eastern CT (and beyond)

The best way of getting rid of ants is to use an Integrated Pest Management program to identify the source and use low-risk effective methods to effectively neutralize the pests.

Ants can be more than just a nuisance. Odorous ants contaminate food and carpenter ants build nests by tunneling through wood — damaging wall framing and other wood materials of your house, located in Eastern Connecticut.

Avoid creating a haven for ants. Ants look for food, water, and shelter. Try to minimize their access to each.

These indoor tips will not only make your home less welcoming to ants, but also to cockroaches, rodents, and other pests:

  • Don’t leave crumbs or spills; clean those tempting food items up—before an ant decides to do it for you.
  • Wipe off those sticky syrup and honey bottles — better yet, stick them in the fridge. A little bit of goo for you, is a smorgasbord for a tiny ant.
  • Wrap up sticky or stinky trash — and if possible keep in a sealed waste bin until trash day. The best way to get rid of your old vegetables, fruit scraps, and coffee grounds? Put them in your compost bin, away from your house. You’ll be creating great compost while keeping pest enticements away from your living space.

These outdoor tips will reduce an insect’s water source along with eliminating easy entrances.

  • Remove water sources such as drips or leaks. (Not only to reduce pests such as ants and termites, but to prevent mold and other house damage.) 
  • Trim back trees and bushes from your home to reduce access. Once again, this not only makes it more difficult for insects to get inside, but it will help reduce other nuisance animals such as squirrels and mice from visiting your attic space.
  • Repair window screens and fix up gaps along the screen edges.
  • Caulk cracks around windows or doors. Save on heating and cooling bills while keeping ants out!
  • Repair masonry cracks. Having the job done right may cost you less time and money than you expect with an experienced mason.

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