This season is supposed to be especially bad, thanks to record snowfall that helped insulate the tick population. And of course, tick bites can lead to Lyme disease, which we all know was invented on Plum Island, probably by Nazi scientists, to ravage humanity. Does this mean we need to freak out over something the size of a poppy seed? Yes, in fact, it does.
Fortunately, rather than throwing ourselves into the fetal position, we can apparently train our eyes to be ‘tick-wise’ — that’s according to Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center, which is hosting an educational program this Saturday June 13 at 10 a.m. at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. The hourlong program teaches young childen (and all ages) how to prevent tick bites and what to do if bitten. For more information, call the museum at 631-537-8250 or register online.
Now, from a business perspective, there are also any number of pest-control companies on Long Island that can help address the tick issue. We’re pleased to see that some use organic options (like rosemary and peppermint oil) or, when a more powerful solution is needed, products that are approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation to have minimal impact on the environment.
Here are five pest-control companies that are tackling the tick sitch. For our list, we chose companies that have received stellar customer reviews, are actively involved in the community or have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
- East End Ticks & Mosquito Control, Southampton. Founder Brian Kelly is a go-to tick expert, and in fact will be leading Saturday’s program at CMEE. The 18-year-old company says it specializes in traditional and organic control methods and is committed to offering the most environmentally responsible and effective programs. (For pests besides ticks, Kelly’s company also has its Twin Forks Pest Control division.)
- Premier Pest and Tick Control, Southampton. Family-owned Premier Pest Control, whose name you might recognize from the stretch of highway it sponsors in Amagansett, says it offers nature-based products that work quickly and effectively against all kinds of pest insects and animals. See its Better Business Bureau accreditation here. Another company, Tick Masters, is a Premier Pest partner.
- Nardy Pest Control, Southampton. Bob Nardy is the current owner of the company started by his father. Sixty years ago, Robert Nardy Sr. began studying ticks while working for the New York State Department of Entomology under the Department of Natural History. The company claims to be on the forefront of tick control as a result. See BBB accreditation here.
- East End Pest Management Inc., Quogue. East End Pest is one of the newer players, compared to the previous businesses mentioned, but has more than 10 years experience with tick control. Owner Marc Felix says the company is devoted to practicing control methods that manage unhealthy pest populations in the safest, most effective way possible. See BBB accreditation. The company also has a helpful Facebook page.
- Fox Tree Service, Southampton. Fox Tree Service, which won the platinum honor from Dan’s Papers in the “best of the best” category for pest control, was established in 1976 by arborist Bart Fusco. The company says it uses materials derived from rosemary oil, cedar oil, citronella oil and even garlic to create an eco-friendly program safe for children and pets.
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