TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR APPLETREE HILL, PA:
Appletree Hill is a neighborhood in Levitttown, the largest commuter suburb of Philadelphia and remarkable because the whole town was bought and created by the Levitt brothers in the 1950s. They planned the town out beforehand, right down to the six types of homes that would be built there. The city remains a testiment to post-war American prosperity.
With that in mind you'd be forgiven for thinking that Appletree Hill might not have a problem with ticks - but remarkably while urbanisation drove out the primary vector for Lyme-infected ticks - wild deer and other large mammals - the ticks themselves remained. Today they are mostly attached to smaller host animals like mice and squirrels; who deposit the ticks in resident's yards and gardens.
As a result, homeowners are at risk of tick bites; and children and pets are especially vulnerable.