Aspenn Alerts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 16:31


John A. Roebling's son founded the community of Roebling - and, as such, it has deep-seated connections with some of the America's most notable landmarks. Steel from the factory that shares this town's name and location was used to build the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building and the Washington Monument. Even the humble Slinky hails from this town.

Today, the steel mill has passed into antiquity - but the community lives on. Now part of Florence Township, in Burlington County, Roebling is home to nearly 4,000 residents and is a commuter hub for nearby Philadelphia.

Residents of Robeling are at a higher risk of tick bites and Lyme disease due to the abundance of small mammal life, that was disrupted in the creation of this town. Homeowners are advised to invest in tick control precautions including yard sprays for ticks, and Damminix...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 16:04


Located in the township of Delran, Bridgeboro takes it's name from the Burlington Pike bridge, which crosses the Rancocas Creek, just to the north. It's a rural community within easy commuting distance of Philadelphia and a very desirable place to live.

However, proximity to the creek, and the abdundance of trees and green spaces, have seen residents impacted by a higher than average incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease infections. These are caused by local wildlife such as deer and squirrels depositing ticks in people's yards and gardens.

The proximity to the creek also causes issues as there is abundant bird life drawn to the water. They, too, carry infected ticks and frequently deposit them while resting in people's gardens.


Tick Control in Bridgeboro, 0...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 15:17


Greentree Village is a housing community in Marleton, New Jersey. Dating back to the 1980s, this community consists of well-manicured, affordable condominium homes within reasonable commuting distance of Philadelphia. As such, it's a desirable place to live, and home to a large and friendly community.

However, there is a higher incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease in Greentree Village - which is why the community is the subject of an Aspenn Alert.

The issue arises due to the recent built of the community. Prior to the 1980s, the area Greentree Village is built on was largely open woodland. When the homes were built, it cut a swathe out of the rural area, and split large sections of greenery up from one another.

Today, the wildlife that used to live on that land still migrates across it - and in doing so, the wild deer and small mammals that cross through resident's yards and gardens often deposit ticks as they pass. These ticks...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 16:40


Lippincott's Corner is located in Southampton Township, in Burlington County. Named for Richard Lipincott, a Quaker and one of the earliest settlers to colonial America, this community stands at the crossroads of Eayrestown Road and Church Road.

Lush green fields and wide open grassland stretch in every direction, which makes this small pocket a beautiful and desirable place to live. However, all that space doesn't come without a downside. Because of the abundant local wildlife - especially deer - the reisdents of this community are at a higher-than-average risk of tick bites and Lyme disease.

This is because the rural location puts them at more than just a literal crossroads. It also makes the community the crossroads for migrating deer; who pass through yards and gardens depositing ticks as they pass. Many of these ticks are infected with the b. burgdorferi bacterium which causes Lyme disease, and that puts homeowners, their families and...

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 16:28


Located in Edgewater Park, the Capitol Hill community overlooks the Delaware River, and is a desirable location for commuters who work in Philadelphia.

The town itself is characterized by wide streets, modern houses with big yards and plenty of beautiful trees. As such its a lovely place to live; but not without it's downside. Residents complain of a higher-than-average incidence of tick bites and Lyme disease, and that's why the community is the subject of an Aspenn Alert.

The reason for this is the clash between nature, and community. As houses were built and gardens were staked out, local wildlife was disrupted; with many of the larger mammals like deer leaving the region. Now, the primary vector for Lyme disease is smaller animals such as mice and squirrels. They migrate across people's yards and gardens and deposite Lyme-infected ticks as they pass; putting homeowners, their families and pets at risk of tick bites and Lyme...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 15:58


Little is known about the origins of Skin Corner, which is located in Delran, in Burlington County. Some surmise that it was where the local skinner practiced his trade - curing and tanning hide for sale during the colonial periods.

Today, Skin Corner is part of a residential neighborhood within easy commute of Philadelphia. Modern and practical homes balance a fairly green and open region; with Franklin Park and Plan Incent Anderson farm located just to the northeast.

While these rural surrounds are wonderful for people living in the neighborhood, they aren't without their downside. in the case of Skin Corner, residents are at a higher-than-average risk of tick bites. Many surmise that birds are the primary vector for this; as they will often deposit Lyme-infected ticks into people's yards and gardens as they migrate too and from the local farm.



Friday, August 12, 2016 - 15:28


Heritage Village is a residential community located in Evesham Township, in Burlington County. Constructed during the 1950s and 1960s, this subdivision is a commuter hub for Philadelphia, and a beautiful community to live in.

That beauty is not without price, though. One challenge Heritage Village residents face is that they are at a higher-than-average risk for tick bites and Lyme disease. This is because the subdivision rests within the New Jersey Pinelands Reserve; and as such is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and birds.

Because of the close proximity of homes - most of which are on about 0.4 acres of land - the residents often find wild deer, birds and other animals migrating across their property. In doing so, some will discard ticks that had been attached to them; and that's how Lyme-infected ticks find their way into the proximity of homeowners, and their children and pets.


Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 13:20


Birchfield, in Mount Laurel New Jersey, is almost a textbook example of how suburban living can impact the environment - and vice-versa. This tiny community is subject to an Aspenn Alert because residents are at an elevated risk of Lyme disease caused by tick bites.

The reason for this elevated risk is that the building of homes and roads in the region has disrupted the abundant local wildlife. As a result, animals are more likely to migrate through people's propertyies - and in the case of small mammals, birds and wild deer, they will often drop infected ticks from their bodies as they pass through.

In fact, animals are the primary vector for Lyme-infected ticks; and the reason why most tick-bite victims get bitten just yards from their home..


Tick Control in Birchfield, 0...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 13:20


Just 33 people call Birmingham, New Jersey home. Located within Pemberton Township, this micro-community does have its own post office, and is home to a factory owned by German-based corporation Laxness. However, aside from that its a small jewel of civilisation set within a crown of rural splendor.

In fact, its the clash of industry, residency and rural living that causes Birmingham to be the subject of an Aspenn Alert. The forest and greenland of this region are home to abundant animal and bird life, and they migrate through resident's gardens and yards, shedding Lyme disease-infected ticks as they pass. These ticks then look for their next blood meal within just a few yards of a homeowner's back door.

That's why tick control measures like a yard spray for ticks is so important; to protect yourself and your family from tick bites.



Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 12:59


An unincorproated community in Medford township, Birchwood Lakes is just south of Bear Swamp Preserve, which is home to a plethora of wildlife and birds.

The area is steeped in history, and many relics of the Revolutionary War still stand nearby, including Oliphant's Mill, Christopher's Mill and the Shamong Trail. The community was driven by the mill industry, which was bolstered by easy access to rail lines. Today, that industry is gone - but the township still thrives as a commuter hub for nearby Philadelphia.

Despite all the attractions of living in Birchwood Lakes, residents do find themselves at a higher risk of tick bites because of the proximity to abundant wildlife. Birds and passing animals like deer often deposit Lyme-infected ticks...

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