Over the course of 2014-2016, the spread of illnesses related to mosquito, tick and flea bites grew over 300%, leading the Centers for Disease Control to classify these pests as a threat to public health. Ticks that carry Lyme disease and additional tick-borne illnesses are popping up in more places than ever before, which is cause for concern.
Many people assume that ticks aren’t an issue near them because ticks have not been detected in the past. However, more research is showing that ticks cover a much greater area than was previously thought. In a national survey of ticks, disease-carrying ticks were found in over 80 counties that never had tick populations previously. Across the country, populations are rising. Even if you have never encountered a tick on your morning jog in the past, you should still take precautions to protect you, your family and your pets. Assuming can lead to severe consequences when it comes to ticks!
New Information About Disease-Carrying Ticks
In one large nationwide study, ticks were found to be carrying disease from birth. This evidence is contrary to the popular belief that ticks pick up illnesses from the deer and animals that they feed on. In every life stage of the most common ticks (deer ticks, western black-legged ticks, and lone star ticks) examined in the study, evidence of the bacteria that transmit Lyme disease was found.
Lyme Disease 101
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium. In the early stages of the disease, many people experience headaches, fevers, fatigue, rashes or swollen glands. Over time, the infection can do serious damage to the heart, nervous system and joints. The longer that it takes for Lyme disease to be diagnosed, the greater damage that is done. Lyme disease is most commonly contracted during the spring and summer (May through September).
How Can You Protect Yourself from Ticks?
- Wear light-colored clothing so that ticks are easier to identify
- After spending time in a tick-infested area, do a check over your body and shower immediately after to wash away any potential ticks
- Use tick repellents that contain DEET for your skin and permethrin on your clothing
- Seek medical care if you have any symptoms following a tick bite
- Schedule tick control services in the late summer and fall months when adult ticks are most active.
Keep Your Home Pest-Free this Summer
Brody Brothers Pest Control works with hundreds of property owners every year to keep properties safe and free from harmful insects, animals, and pests. Brody Brothers Quality Pest Control can treat any problems and maintain your property to minimize risks. Schedule a property inspection with Brody Brothers Quality Pest Control. Give us a call at 410-653-2121 or contact us online.