Tick-borne Diseases: Autumn is here, but you’re not out of the woods yet!

Health & Wellness


While Fall is quickly approaching, tick season is not over yet. Be vigilant, check your family and animals, and if you are bitten, contact your health provider for treatment as soon as possible.

Ticks are a big problem to people and animals in the Hudson Valley. A spike in their numbers as well as a growth in cases of the diseases they carry and transmit was predicted for 2017.

Unfortunately, studies show that infections have increased across species of ticks, and expanded to a greater area of the Northeast and other parts of the US where the season has become warmer, wetter – and longer. Places that didn’t have tick problems do now.

Our local expert at Tick Ranger, Shantell Blash has made it a mission to protect residents from this potential health hazard by substantially reducing or eliminating tick populations in the home environment by using a holistic program to treat the play areas and perimeters where your family and pets reside.

Learn more about Tick Ranger’s services here.


It's not just Lyme disease, either.

A higher number of ticks are testing positive for other human and animal disease pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, rickettsiae, and protozoa. Transmitted through a single bite, these cause diseases such as Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Powassan disease, and many more.

The CDC has a full list of what these arachnids can carry to us, our pets, and our children. Some of them can cause severe, chronic, disabling and even life-threatening conditions.

What can we do?

  • First and foremost, take ticks seriously - practice personal protection behaviors to avoid bites as much as possible.
  • Promptly removing attached ticks is critical and important in the prevention of infection.
  • The experts at Tick Ranger recommend cleaning areas around your home where ticks like to live, such as high grass, leaf/wood piles and low-hanging trees.
  • They also highly recommend treating your yard properly and safely. Tick Ranger offers a guaranteed solution that provides protection, coverage, and control using a pet and child safe product that contains plant extracts, natural oils and bio-rational ingredients.

Stay alert, but still enjoy!

Now that you’re prepared and protected - go out and enjoy the spectral colors and the crisp air that the Hudson Valley is known for!