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Alternative Earthcare Discusses 4 Types of Insects All Nassau and Suffolk Home Owners Should Spray Their Property For

Alternative Earthcare Shares 4 Types of Insects All Home Owners Should Spray Their Property For.


LONG ISLAND, N.Y., June 16, 2019  Alternative Earthcare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and easten end of long island tick spraying,  traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.


An essential part of maintaining a home involves insect control. Insects can endanger people and pets through the spread of disease and can cause devastating property damage. Alternative Earthcare shares 4 types of insects for which home owners should spray their property.


  1. Ticks are a big problem on Long Island and their populations are growing. There are a multitude of tick-borne diseases, but Lyme disease is by far the most well-known. Diseases spread by ticks cause symptoms ranging from a rash, nausea, or muscle and joint pain, to long term neurological damage. Start spraying for ticks in early spring and continue through late autumn with horticulture sprays applied every 3-4 weeks.


  1. Mosquitoes are an annoyance, but beyond that, they can spread disease such as West Nile virus, encephalitis, and the Zika virus. The hot summer months bring swarms of these pests, at times making it difficult to even enjoy the outdoors. Every 3-4 weeks, have your trees, shrubs, grounds, and property lines sprayed. Mosquito habitats, such as ponds and pool areas, should also be sprayed.


  1. Ants can cause devastation to wooden structures by hollowing out nests. This can compromise home foundations, decks, and garages. Ants easily invade homes and can contaminate food. In some cases, fire ants could even be present, which can result in painful stings and, in some cases of allergic reaction, even death. Treat property regularly for ant control through the use of sprays, gel baits, granules, or a mixture of all three.


  1. Gypsy moths. The potential damage that Gypsy moths inflict on trees is great, from defoliation to the death of the tree. Gypsy moth infestations weaken trees to allow in other disease and can spread quickly throughout the property if left untreated. Spray for gypsy moths with 3-4 applications done approximately 15-20 days apart during the caterpillar hatching cycle, which takes place in the early spring.


390650 03: A Close Up Of An Adult Female And Nymph Tick Is Shown June 15, 2001 On A Fingertip. Ticks Cause An Acute Inflammatory Disease Characterized By Skin Changes, Joint Inflammation, And Flu-Like Symptoms Called Lyme Disease. (Photo By Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The DEC has issued a statement warning you to protect your families from tick bites this summer.

With the warm weather here and more opportunities to spend time outdoors, it’s important to remember to prevent ticks from affecting your summer.

The DEC says the most effective way to keep yourself safe is to avoid contact with soil, leaf litter, and vegetation.

  • Wear light color clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily.
  • Wear enclosed shoes. If wearing long pants and sleeves tuck your pant legs into socks or boots, and shirt into pants.
  • Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks when you are outdoors.
  • Avoid dense woods and bushy areas, as tick climb upwards to find hosts.
  • After going indoors at the end of the day, do a full-body tick check and try to bathe or shower within two hours of returning to more easily spot ticks that may be on you. Be sure to check your pets as well!
  • In your yard, reduce shady and damp areas and clear any leaf litter or seeds from the ground.
  • Replace plants that deer love to browse with deer-resistant plants. Consider installing a deer fence to help reduce deer from dispersing ticks.
  • An extremely effective way to kill ticks on exposed clothing is to tumble the clothing in a dryer set on high heat for at least 10 minutes.


Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative Earthcare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.