Aspenn Alerts

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 15:04


Muckinipattis Creek borders the borough of Folcroft, which is located in the commuter belt south of Philadelphia. A beautiful, close-knit community, the town is home to about 7,000 residents. Tincum Marsh and Darby Creek, which are also nearby, were declared National Wildlife Refuges in 1972, and the John Heinz National Wildlife Reserve adds to about 1,200 acres of unspoilt wilderness surrounding the area.

 However, the abundance of rare and beautiful wildlife like pintailed ducks and red-bellied turtles is not without its downside. The density of wildlife means residents of Folcroft have a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites, due to the number of ticks deposited in people's yards and gardens by local wildlife.



Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:55


Rose Valley began as a textile mill. In the 19th century, the architect Will Price purchased 80 acres of surrounding land to create an arts and crafts community with a rare progressive taxation system; which soon came to be characterized by some of America's most unique and beautiful architecture.

Today, that history and prestige lives on, and Rose Valley was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, and was described by a former mayor as "an island of non-conformity."

That being said, one issue that still effects residence is an abundance of ticks. Because of the beautiful landscaping and open spaces, small mammals thrive; and frequently carry ticks into the yards and gardens of residents; where they can bite both children, pets and homeowners with impunity.



Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 13:48


Baldwin is one of the most common names you'll find in Pennsylvania's historical records, and the community of Baldwin, in Eddystone, Delaware County, reflects one of the many British settlers to the region.

Today Baldwin is a small community within the larger Philadelphia commuter belt, and is noted for its proximity to the Delaware river, which is the source of its higher-than-average incidence of tick bites. Passing waterfowl, geese and birds deposit infected ticks in people's yards and gardens, and as a result homeowners, children and pets often find themselves victim to tick bites just a few feet from the safety of their homes.


Tick Control in Baldwin, 19022

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 12:40


Right on the commuter belt to Philadelphia, Collingwood is well-served by SEPTA lines and a popular residency for people who work in the city. With that in mind, it's often surprising to people that this town is the subject of an Aspenn Alert - but ticks are a real problem there.

The issue is two-fold. Firstly, there are four enormous cemetaries in Collingdale, and although well-tended, they serve as a good stop-off point for migrating birds and are practically Grand Central Station for infected ticks using birds as a blood meal.

Secondly, the development in the area has run larger mammals out of town - deer, and the like - and smaller mammals like white-footed mice have become the primary vector for ticks. As a result they will often carry ticks into people's yards and gardens and sometimes even into their homes themselves.



Friday, April 15, 2016 - 12:26


The Swedes first settled Eddystone, way back in 1641. As a result, this borough has a richly storied history, and plenty of interesting sites to visit. A printing factory in the 19th century saw the community flourish, and today it is a bustling Philadelphia commuter hub right next to Chester, and on the banks of the Delaware river.

Its proximity to the river is one of the reasons why Eddystone is the subject of an Aspenn Alert. An abundance of wildfowl and bird life means residents are often bombarded with infected ticks; deposited in their yards and gardens by passing birds. As a result, homeowners are at an elevated risk of tick bites; and pets and children are especially vulnerable.


Tick Control in Eddystone, 19022

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 12:06


Located right on the Delaware River, Trainer is named for an old mill owner, who helped found the community back in the 19th century.

Today it is a bustling commuter community, and also home to a massive oil refinary owned by Delta.

The proximity of the Delaware river means that there is an abundance of bird and wildlife in the area, and that doesn't always bode well for residents.

Tick bites are more common as a result; because migrating birds and wildlife will often deposit ticks in resident's yards and gardens.


Tick Control in Trainer, 19061

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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 11:53


It's almost as if Village Green Green Ridge in Delaware County is the ideal place to live. With modestly priced homes, and lower than-average rates of unemployment and crime, it's a beautiful commuter hub just 24 minutes from Philadelphia (even that is below the national average, of 25 minutes.)

In fact, perhaps the only downside to Village Green Ridge is that its proximity to national parkland and the Delaware river means that it suffers from a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease.

A common issue is passing wildlife such as mice, deer and squirrels dropping infected ticks off in people's yards and gardens. As a result, tick bites occur most frequently within close proximity to the home; and residents need to be cautious throughout the year.


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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 11:44


Part of Ridley Township, Woodlyn is a beautiful commuter community south of Philadelphia, a short distance from the Delaware river. It's fairly urban, and perfectly positioned between Philly and Chester, but still has a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease due to the proximity to the water.

Residents find one common issue is that birds and geese drop ticks into their yards and gardens; posing a risk to pets and children. For that reason, tick control precautions are important and it's strongly advised to check your kids and pets daily for attached ticks.


Tick Control in Woodlyn, 19094

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 11:29


Norwood is perhaps most famous for being the home of former Duke basketball coach Bill Foster, the first NCAA coach to guide four different teams to 20-win seasons (Rutgers, Utah, Duke, and South Carolina).

Today, it's home to nearly 6,000 residents, who enjoy the convenient location between the city of Philadelphia, and the emerging community of Chester.

While Norwood is quite the bustling commuter hub these days, it's still the subject of an Aspenn Alert, due to its proximity to Darby Creek, to the south.

This beautiful stretch of creek and waterway, between Tinicum and the Delaware river itself, is an idea breeding ground for a number of insect pests, and ticks especially are very mobile due to the abundance of local wildlife.



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