Ticks and Lyme Disease go hand-in-hand
by – Pest MD staff
Ticks and Lyme Disease — Are you or someone you know suffering from Lyme disease? Do you have symptoms that may include: neurological, memory problems, digestive issues, migraines, joint pain and various other forms of chronic pain? Are you unsure of your condition and question whether you may have Lyme disease?
Chronis Lyme Disease can mimic many chronic diseases because its symptoms often tend to involve multiple body systems at once. Because the symptoms are so widespread, a proper diagnosis takes an experienced and specialized doctor. Many conventional doctors will miss the diagnosis altogether due to them not being well-informed on the subject of Lyme.
In the United States, Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is carried primarily by deer ticks.The ticks are brown and when young, they’re often no bigger than the head of a pin, which can make them nearly impossible to spot.
To contract Lyme disease, an infected deer tick must bite you. The bacteria enter your skin through the bite and eventually make their way into your bloodstream. In most cases, to transmit Lyme disease, a deer tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours.
Look at the picture above and count the number of thigs these hikers are doing to expose themselves to Ticks and Lyme Disease.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid areas where deer ticks live, especially wooded, bushy areas with long grass. You can decrease your risk of getting Lyme disease with some simple precautions:
- Wear long trousers and long sleeves. When walking in wooded or grassy areas, wear shoes, long pants tucked into your socks, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, and gloves. Try to stick to trails and avoid walking through low bushes and long grass. Keep your dog on a leash.
- Use insect repellents. Apply an insect repellent with a 20 percent or higher concentration of DEET or oil of Eucalyptus to your skin. Parents should apply to their children, avoiding their hands, eyes, and mouth. Keep in mind that chemical repellents can be toxic, so follow directions carefully. Apply products with permethrin to clothing or buy pre-treated clothing.
- Do your best to tick-proof your yard. Clear brush and leaves where ticks live. Keep woodpiles in sunny areas.
- Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Be especially vigilant after spending time in wooded or grassy areas. Deer ticks are often no bigger than the head of a pin, so you may not discover them unless you search carefully. It’s helpful to shower as soon as you come indoors. Ticks often remain on your skin for hours before attaching themselves. Showering and using a washcloth may be enough to remove any unattached ticks.
- Don’t assume you’re immune. Even if you’ve had Lyme disease before, you can get it again.
- Remove a tick as soon as possible with tweezers. Gently grasp the tick near its head or mouth. Don’t squeeze or crush the tick, but pull carefully and steadily. Once you’ve removed the entire tick, dispose of it and apply antiseptic to the bite area.
Ticks Control Chemical Solution
Want to treat your yard area, use a permethrin product. When you treat your clothing use no more than a 10% solution, suggest Martins 10% Permethrin. When you treat your yard use up to 36.8% suggest Tengard SFR
“Ticks and Lyme Disease”, by Mike Dukes