This year has seen a surge in tick sightings and another pest is indirectly to blame. With rising temperatures and land development we are seeing more rodents like rats, mice and squirrels coming into contact with humans. Because rodents are the number one source of food for ticks - more rodents more ticks. And those ticks bring diseases. Last year there were a lot of reported cases of tick-borne diseases and a lot of unreported. Lyme disease is the most common and well-known tick-borne disease but are four others: Anaplasmosis; Babesiosis; Powassan virus; and Borrelia disease. The best way to avoid these things is to use insect repellent with 25 per cent DEET, and avoid any tall grass.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.