• Spraying your backyard may be your best chance at warding off ticks

    By: John Monahan

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    Getting your yard sprayed for ticks is a smart move, especially with a recent uptick in tick population this season.

    With a greater awareness of ticks, many people are resorting to spraying their yards in fear of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

    Joe LaFleur sprays people's yards for ticks for a living, and he says business is booming.

    “Last year we used to average about 2 calls per day," said LaFleur. "This year anywhere from 5, 15, 20 calls per day.”

    LaFleur says more people are becoming aware of the dangers ticks can carry.

    “They’re more aware of it but hospitals are getting flooded with people coming in with tick bites," said LaFleur.

    The spike in tick bites is enough to motivate people to want to protect their yards.

    “We shoot 15 feet up and barrier the whole property so we cover the trees rock walls patios foundations bushes, lawn area," said LaFleur.

    LaFleur says his crews have been so busy they're working seven days a week.

    "So we have every truck out spraying - sun up to sun down," LaFleur said.

    The good news, however, is that LaFleur says spraying your yard for ticks works. An organic option of chemical spray will do the trick and keep your family and pets safe this summer.

    “You will be able to come outside and enjoy your back yard after we spray it," said LaFleur.

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