Moyer Pest Control Pros Encourage Lyme Disease Awareness
May 6, 2014
It is the time of year when many pests are becoming more active and this unfortunately includes ticks. Ticks are a type of parasite that feed on the blood of mammals. An increase in tick activity can lead to an increased risk of being bitten by a tick and becoming infected with Lyme disease. For this reason, the experts at Moyer Pest want to encourage Lyme disease awareness and give you tips on how to protect you, your family and pets from becoming infected with Lyme disease.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It is also the most commonly transmitted tick born disease in North America.
How do you get it Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is transmitted by tick bites. Blacklegged ticks are common carriers of this disease and these pests are often introduced to properties by wild animals. Once on your property they then can attach themselves to either your pets or yourself. Black legged ticks often hide in tall grass or on the edges of wooded areas.
Symptoms of Lyme disease
Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rash. If left undiagnosed more severe symptoms include infection spreading to joints, heart, and nervous systems. However, once diagnosed Lyme disease can more often than not be treated for with antibiotics.
If you are wondering how to prevent lyme disease from affecting your family there are many easy things that you can do to help lessen the chances of encountering this issue. Deer tick prevention tips include:
Under the guidance of your pet’s veterinarian treat your pets with a tick preventative.
Keep your lawn trimmed short, do not let it overgrow.
When spending time outdoors, dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, a hat, and closed toe shoes.
Before coming indoors check yourself and pets for ticks.
Use an insect repellent when spending time outdoors.
Besides taking the steps to help prevent tick infestations on your own, getting help from professional pest control experts will help to effectively eliminate problems with ticks on your property and within your home. While a tick mitigation program can’t completely prevent ticks from invading your property they can help to decrease the number of ticks found around your property. Having a decrease in the number of ticks on your property will then also lessen the chance of you, your family or your pets becoming exposed to Lyme disease. For a home pest control service that can help protect your home from ticks and many other pests, contact us today!