Aspenn Alerts

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 12:34


Located  in May's Landing, in Hamilton Township, the Atlantic county community of Laureldale is right in the heart of tick country. With Egg Harbor the northeast, and Atlantic City airport to the southeast, there are miles and miles of open land which have an abundance of ticks to look out for.

Residents have a particular issue with wild deer and geese, both of which are abundant in the area. Deer are one of the primary vectors for Lyme infected ticks; and will frequently deposit them when they pass through yards and gardens.

Canada geese are also an issue, and they frequently serve as host to ticks, and can drop them off when they rest up in your back yard.


Tick Control in Laureldale, 08330

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 11:32


What was once Lower Forge has now been swallowed up by Medford Township, in Burlington County, but the name lives on via a famous craft brewery on South Main Street.

A beautiful and historic community, Lower Forge faces a tick control problem as a result of the intersection of urbanisation and rural surroundings; with changes to the ecostructure creating new challenges for homeowners and residents to face.

Chief amongst these is the departure of wild deer from the township; who used to be the primary vector for Lyme-infected ticks. Now, instead, small mammals like mice and squirrels will deposit Lyme infected ticks into the yards and gardens of the town residents; and these are much more difficult to keep out than larger creatures like deer.

As a result, homeowners need to consider what tick control measures to take to protect themselves and their families from the risk of tick bites.


Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:03


Red Lion is named for the famous Red Lion Inn, which has stood in this spot for generations. Part of Southampton Township, in Burlington County, this small community is located in the heart of beautiful rural farmland and is a truly beautiful place to live.

However, the rural location does have its drawbacks. The residents of Red Lion are exposed to a higher-than-average risk of tick bites, because the abundance of local wildlife has led to a high density of Lyme-infected ticks.
Particular issues are caused by wild deer, who migrate through the farmland and often pass through resident's yards and gardens. Often, they'll drop ticks off as they pass through; and this is how many homeowners find themselves exposed to tick bites.

Geese, birds and other smaller mammals also serve as vectors for ticks; and it makes it very difficult to keep your property tick-free without investing in some tick control measures. Fortunately, that's where Aspenn Environmental Services can help.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 09:35


It was Quaker Jacob Andrew who founded Jacobstown, in Burlington County in the 1600s - building a store, blacksmith and wheelwright shops. As time went on, this little community was absorbed by the larger North Hanover township; but still retains its own individuality to this day.

Today, Jacobstown is a beautifully-maintained community with wide, green spaces and plenty of trees. It also houses many of the municipal buildings for North Hanover, and two of the schools. But the rural beauty of the town isn't without a price - as a result of the green spaces, there is a higher-than-average density of Lyme-infected ticks in the town.

These can pose a problem for residents as ticks will frequently find their way into people's yards and gardens; either making their own way in, or being deposited by migrating wildlife. As a result, homeowners need to be vigilant about garden upkeep, and check children and pets for attached ticks when they return from outside.


Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 15:29


Christopher Mills was named for John Christopher, who founded the community when he built a sawmill there in the 1700s. Part of Medford township, in Burlington County, Christopher Mills is today a vibrant commuter hub for Philadelphia, and a lovely place to live.

Despite significant build up over the past century, Christopher Mills still has some issues with tick bites. This is in part due to the changes suburban development have made the ecosystem in the region. Ticks used to feed from deer and other large mammals; but now urbanisation has driven the larger creatures from the area, ticks are being carried by smaller animals like foxes, squirrels and mice.

These smaller animals frequently travel into people's yards and gardens and deposit ticks there; exposing residents to the risk of infected bites just feet from their own homes.



Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 15:01


Part of Mount Laurel, in Burlington County, Colemantown was a poor farming community for generations, until its proximity to Philadelphia became attractive to commuters. Today, the community is bustling; but still retains many of the towering Laurel Trees that give its parent township its name.

Ironically, its these picturesque rural spaces that make Colemantown the subject of an Aspenn Alert. These rural spaces support an abundance of wildlife; including deer and birds that serve as a vector for Lyme disease-infected ticks. The incidences of tick bites is elevated in Colemantown as a result; and residents need to be vigilant to protect themselves, and their family and pets, from tick bites.


Tick Control in Colemantown, 08054

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 14:24


Sometimes jokingly suspected to be the 'Springfield' inhabited by the Simpsons, in the eponymous cartoon, Springfield, New Jersey is located in Burlington county and home to nearly 3,500 residents. 

Nearby Sod Farm and Fort Dix means that there's significant rural space in the township, and as a result a higher abundance of wildlife in the area. This contributes to a greater-than-average density of ticks, and an appropriately higher risk of tick bites.

Residents of Springfield face a particular issue with wild deer and migrating birds depositing ticks in their yards or gardens; as these in turn lead to tick bites within just feet of people's homes. Appropriate tick control precautions are needed to ensure children and pets don't fall victim to infected tick bites.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 13:19


Unsurprisingly located on the banks of Lebanon Lake, the Lebanon Lakes Estates is a pleasant community that is part of Brown Mills township, in Burlington County.

It's a beautiful place to live, and surrounded by miles upon miles of beautiful forestland. However, because of this rural location, the abundance of local wildlife ensures that ticks are a very real problem for residents; and need to be dealt with accordingly.

The major concern is ticks being deposited in resident's yards and gardens by migrating deer and birds. As a result of this, homeowners will often find ticks on their property; and children and pets are at an especially elevated risk of tick bites even within the safety of their own garden.


Tick Control in Lebanon Lakes Estates, 08015

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 13:06


Located in the small Burlington County town of Shamong, Indian Mills is surrounded on three sides by the Wharton State Forest - which makes it a beautiful place to live; but also a region with a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites.

The reason for this is the abundance of wildlife in the nearby forest. Wild deer, especially, have a tendancy to migrate through the township, and will often deposit attached ticks in resident's back yards and gardens. Pets can also bring attached ticks home; or, during the egg-laying season, even bring clumps of eggs back with them after exploring the forest and parkland.


Tick Control in Indian Mills, 08088

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:43


Hawthorne Park is a section within Willingboro Township, in Burlington County. All the streets in Hawthorne Park begin with the letter 'H' - this is because the town was deliberately created in the 1950s by Abraham Levitt, under his 'Levitttown model', and is meticulously planned and organized in accordance with his vision.

Today, Hawthorne Park is one of the less-populated neighborhoods in the town; and is noted for several recreational and community areas - including a swimming pool - that are no longer in use. This has led to them being 'reclaimed by nature' to a certain degree; and as a result there are wildlife conditions that have increased tick density and the risk of tick bites.

The most signficant of these is the abundance of small mammals, like mice and squirrels, that serve as frequent hosts for black legged ticks. These mammals will often carry ticks into resident's back yards and gardens; where they drop off and pose a risk to children and pets. 

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