Aspenn Alerts

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 14:12

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR WESCOEVILLE, PA:

Located between Allentown and Trexlertown, the census-designated Wescoeville actually comprises three local zip codes, and is home to just under 6,000 residents. 

The popular tourist destination of Dorney Park and its sister Wildwater Kingdom are located a short distance west of Wescoeville, and that has had an interesting effect on the local ecosystem. Because of the disruption faced by local wildlife due to these busy parks, a lot of small mammals and birds migrate through Wescoeville; stopping off in resident's yards and gardens.

Many of these mammals carry ticks attached ot them - and during the time spent in homeowner's yards and gardens, these ticks sometimes drop off in search of their next blood meal. Unfortunately this can be the homeowners themselves, or their children or pets.
 

Tick Control in Wescoeville, ...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 13:26

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR LITZENBERG, PA:

Litzenberg is part of Upper Macungie township, in Lehigh County. The town is remarkable for having one of the highest median incomes in the state; more than double that of other regions.

As a result, this town has many beautiful houses, with extensive and well-maintained lawns, yards and gardens. However, despite all the efforts made residents still experience a high-than-average incidence of tick bites; due to the proximity of so much greenery and wildlife.

One of the major issues is that migrating deer, passing birds and other mammals serve as vectors for ticks - carrying ticks into homeowners yards and gardens, where the blood-sucking arachnids drop off and then go searching for their next blood meal. These can wind up being the children or pets of residents.

For that reason, tick control is an important part of any garden maintence schedule in Litzenberg; and one that shouldn't be...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 13:09

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR SCHNEIDERSVILLE, PA:

Part of Lynn Township, in the Lehigh Valley, Schneidersville was originally founded by German settlers, and is today a suburb of the nearby city of Allentown.

The juxtaposition of rural and suburban is why Schneidersville is the subject as an Aspenn Alert. Because of the abundance of local wildlife, like deer and birds, homeowners will often find ticks in their yards and gardens; and these pose a risk to children, animals and residents.

Tick Control in Schneidersville, 19529

  • Risk Factor: Ixodes Scapularis ticks carrying b. burgdorferi (Lyme disease) and babesia microti (bebesiosis) bacterium are frequently found in resident's yards and...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:24

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR JORDAN VALLEY, PA:

German immigrants were the first to settle the Jordan Valley, in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. They created the nearby town of Heidelburg, which Jordan Valley is now considered part of.

The Valley itself is part of Jordan Creek, a tributary of Little Lehigh Creek. Technically the valley is at the corner of Mantz Road and Handwerk Road, and its surrounded by lush greenery and abundant wildlife.

That wildlife is what causes problems for residents, however - as the wild deer and fowl in the area often traipse through people's yards and gardens and if they are carrying ticks on them, these bloodsucking arachnids can drop off and then pose a risk to homeowners.

Tick Control in Jordan Valley, 18053

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:01

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR MOUNTAINVILLE, PA:

Part of the city of Allentown, Mountainville is a lovely residential district with gorgeous and affordable homes. It's reasonably close proximity to Philadelphia makes it an attractive place to live, while there's plenty of employment in the city of Allentown itself.

One of the reasons the region is so nice is because of extensive downtown redevelopment and transformation that began in the early 21st century. While this has raised the standard of living in the city, the redevelopment caused significant disruption of the ecosystem; and the upheavel of small mammals like squirrels and mice has led to a higher incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease.

The issue is that disrupted mammals have begun migrating through people's yards and gardens - and, in the case of white footed mice, sometimes even into people's homes. If they have ticks attached to them, these ticks can drop off and then pose a risk to children, pets and homeowners.

 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 11:14

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR CATASAUGA, PA:

A suburb of Allentown, Catsauqua is a borough in Lehigh County, and home to a little over 6,500 residents. The locals call it 'Catty' and its both beautiful and historic.

Because the borough is located right on the Lehigh river, there is an abundance of animal and insect life in the area, which is why many residents have issues with ticks in their yards or gardens. This has led to a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites; and a subsequent spike in Lyme disease.

 

Tick Control in Catasauga, 18032

  • Risk Factor: Ixodes Scapularis ticks carrying b. burgdorferi (Lyme...
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:45

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we continue our interview with Lyme-struggling MacAdie. You can read Part 1 here. and Part 2 here.

How are you treating your Lyme disease?
 
12 weeks ago I got my positive Lyme titer back, and 10 weeks ago I began oral antibiotics. I take a concoction of Minocycline, and Azithromycin twice daily Ondasteron for the nausea and a low dose of Ritalin to keep me awake and able to focus on at least 4 hours of a work day. Also a small amount of narcotic pain killers- but I both hate and am afraid of taking them. I know how highly addictive they are if taken regularly, and it’s great to not feel the pain initially when I take one, but the come down period is so tough that it’s almost not worth the initial freedom from pain.
 
When I started all of the medications I also completely changed my diet (recently I...
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:40

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we continue our interview with Lyme-struggling MacAdie. You can read Part 1 here

When did you get Lyme disease? Do you remember when/how? 
 
I don’t remember exactly when/how, we never found a tick on me and I never got the bulls eye rash or anything. But in my spring Kindergarten year, had to be ’94 I guess, at our schools big field day was when I first had any symptoms. I don’t remember much about it because c’mon that was 20 years ago hahah.

All I really remember was that I was in the middle of some race when I just couldn’t run anymore, not pain just couldn’t move my knee, and we were paired up with probably 8th graders so my buddy carried me off the field.

My mom worked at the school so she was right around, they found her and my right knee had swelled up silly big. Luckily at that point the trainer at the school was on the field too, and so of course everyone initially thought I had broken something- but again there wasn’...

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:33

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we spoke with somebody struggling with the long-term effects of Lyme disease. 

What's your name, where do you live, and what do you do? 
 
My name is MacAdie Ferguson and currently I live in Park City UT. There I coach JV Lacrosse, and work as the Girls Program Coordinator for Utah Lacrosse. I grew up just outside of Princeton NJ on a few acres of land and that’s where I actually contracted Lyme.
 
This month is Lyme Awareness Month. What is that? 
 
That is actually kind of funny, I honestly had no idea this was even a thing. I mean I’m thrilled that it is, but even after many years of Lyme I just never knew.

But the fact that it’s an actual event is really amazing because there is not nearly enough information about Lyme, since there is little research being done, there is little information available. I feel like I speak to so many people, almost everyone in fact, that knows someone either in their family or friends that’s been affected by Lyme; and yet I still to recent DRs visits my pains and symptoms were questioned.

I also had to request my own Lyme titer to be done,...

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 15:04

TICK CONTROL ALERT FOR FOLCROFT, PA:

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.

 

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