Great Falls, VA based Backyard Bug Patrol, a company that specializes in controlling a wide variety of different pests, recently published a blog post discussing the Kay Hagan Tick Act, how it came to be and the benefits it may potentially offer. The blog post goes into great detail about the act and exactly what it means for the pest control industry. Based on the information provided, readers can easily drawy their own conclusions regarding what the act may mean for them.
The Kay Hagan Tick Act is expected to assign 20 million dollars toward tick-borne and other vector-borne disease research, treatments, diagnostics and vaccines. Potomac is known to be a city that has everything—watersports, restaurants and much more—but the enjoyment of these activities is severely limited during certain parts of the year due to the prevalence of tick-borne diseases. Later this month, however, the President is expected to sign a number of acts into law to address the issue, with the Kay Hagan Tick Act being one of them. The blog post from Backyard Bug Control which talks about the act can be found at https://backyardbugpatrol.com/maryland/montgomery/tick-tragedy-triumph-potomac-md.
The bill is named after former United States senator Kay Hagan, who unfortunately passed away around two months ago from encephalitis. The disease was caused by a virus transmitted by ticks. “It’s truly saddening that complications from a tick bite that happened at least three years ago ended up taking Senator Hagan away from her family, friends and the nation as a whole,” says Backyard Bug Patrol’s blog post. “Condolences from President Obama and former VP and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden confirm the major role Senator Hagan played serving her community and country. And now with the Kay Hagan Tick Act on its way to being implemented, she’ll continue to play a role in improving the health of Americans in the area of tick-borne diseases.”
Ticks become infected by feeding on groundhogs, squirrels, mice or other rodents that have the virus in their blood. Infected ticks then spread the virus, named the Powassan virus, to people and other animals by biting them. Ticks cannot, however, catch the virus from people, and thus they are considered ‘dead-end’ hosts for the virus. Read about some of the ways in which Backyard Bug Patrol manages ticks at https://backyardbugpatrol.com/tick-control.
There are a number of precautions one can take to try and avoid being bitten by a tick and thus reduce the chances of being infected. As stated on WebMD, “When you’re walking through an area with heavier brush, take extra precautions: Tuck your pants legs into your socks so the tick can’t get to your skin. And, if you know you’re in a tick-infested area, wear clothing—especially shoes, socks, and pants—treated with permethrin, which repels and kills ticks. Insect repellents containing DEET, which you put on your skin, add more protection, but DEET alone is nowhere near as effective as permethrin. Once you get home, check your body for ticks; under your arms, in and around your ears, inside your belly button, behind your knees, between your legs, around your waist, and on your hairline and scalp.”
Backyard Bug Patrol is one of the top pest control service providers in the industry. They pride themselves in going out of their way to provide excellent customer service and ensure that every project is completed to the satisfaction of their customers. The company will celebrate their 10th anniversary in 2020, having helped customers all over Virginia and Maryland with a variety of pest-related issues.
The pest control company has received a large number of reviews from their many pleased customers. Some reviews of the company can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/backyard-bug-patrol-great-falls-2. One 5-Star Yelp review says the company delivers, “Great service. Christian comes to our home and always has a smile. He goes the extra mile to address the areas I am concerned about in the yard. We live in Mount Vernon, and there is a long storm drain in the community that always has standing water after rains. Now, with the treatment from Backyard Bugs, we are able to enjoy our outdoor patio and yard. We have pets so it is important that the service uses treatments that are safe for our four legged family too.”
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