Alternative Earthcare Debunks 4 Common Myths About Ticks

Thursday, July 14, 2016 Lifestyle News
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LONG ISLAND, N.Y., July 14, 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, 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.

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There are large populations of disease spreading ticks throughout the east end of Long Island, where there is an abundance of habitats. Avoiding these habitats, in addition to property treatments, is one of many ways to avoid an infestation. Whether you are well-versed in tick control or not, there are certain things that every property owner should know. Alternative Earthcare, Long Island's answer to environmentally conscious and effective tick control, debunks 4 common myths about ticks.

  1. A person bitten by a tick will know right away. One of the more clever biological functions of ticks, is that their saliva acts as an anesthetic, which numbs the area where they bite. Bites are often unnoticed at the time, which is why it is important to scan your body for ticks after any possible exposure as well as shampooing.
  2. As soon as a person is bitten, they transmit disease. Fortunately, while ticks transmit a variety of dangerous diseases, it takes 24 hours for pathogens to move from the tick's stomach to their saliva. Whether it be a person or an animal, always detach ticks from the body of the host as soon as possible to avoid the transference of disease.
  3. Ticks fall out of trees. Ticks do not fly or fall from trees. Common tick habitats include tall grass, dead leaves, wooded areas, wood piles, and ground covering such as ivy and in gardens. Common hosts for ticks, like dogs and deer, have skin that is more delicate near the neck, ears, and head, which gives the tick easier access to its blood. Because of this, ticks tend to attach themselves to their host's feet and ankles and then climb upwards. The fact that the ticks climb up, leads to the misconception that they fall from above. Protect lower extremities from ticks by wearing long pants with socks pulled up over them when in the outdoors near their habitats.
  4. Applying alcohol, petroleum jelly, or flames removes ticks. None of these are an effective means to remove ticks and using a lighter is unsafe. Petroleum jelly and alcohol, thought to cause the tick to back out of the host, often does not work at all. If they do happen to remove themselves, it takes too long. The best method for removing a tick is to grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the top of the head, where it is attached to the host, as possible. Once there is a good tight grip, pull the tick out and clean the affected area.

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.

Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, fishbat, 855-347-4228,

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