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Ticks & Lyme Disease: What Everyone In New Castle Needs To Know

October 27, 2020

 

When thinking about ticks in New Castle, one of the first things you probably worry about is Lyme disease. This illness is the one most commonly associated with these pests, and there is good reason to fear as Lyme disease can be severe. 

However, one common misconception is that ticks cause Lyme disease. In reality, ticks are just vectors for the disease, and they pick it up from other wildlife such as deer. So, while they can carry the disease, they are just transferring it from animals to humans.

Tick on the grass in a yard

While a few different tick species can transmit Lyme disease, the deer tick is the most common. Because of the risks associated with this species, it's important to know what they look like:

  • They are a hard-shelled species of tick.

  • They have orange bodies and brown legs.

  • They are a flat, oval shape.

  • They have eight legs and antennae.

Important Info About Deer Ticks

Deer ticks are commonly a problem for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, but ticks can also get into your yard in other ways. You'll find deer ticks in areas with dense vegetation, and wildlife on your property can also carry these ticks.
 
Deer ticks find hosts because they can sense the breath and even body odors of animals and humans, and can pick up on body heat and vibrations as a host walks by. They will wait on vegetation near paths and trails for a human or animal to brush by. 
 
Luckily, not every tick bite will result in Lyme disease or any other tick-borne illness, but this doesn't mean it's not a risk. Knowing the signs to watch out for is important, and you should get medical help immediately if you have any of the following symptoms.

While symptoms can vary, these are some of the most common:

  • A rash in the shape of a bullseye

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Headaches

  • Fever

  • Exhaustion

How Can You Prevent Ticks?

In order to protect yourself and your family from ticks, you can take steps to deter and lower tick populations around your yard. While you can't always prevent ticks completely, you can reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
 
Here are some of the best prevention steps:

  • Get rid of leaves and grass piles.

  • Mow your lawn regularly.

  • Trim tall grass, bushes, and dense vegetation around your property.

  • Stack firewood neatly in a dry area away from the exterior of your home.

  • Prevent wildlife by installing fences and keeping pet food stored inside.

  • Keep wildlife out of your yard by storing bird feeders out of the reach of raccoons and other pests.

  • If you have pets, work with your vet to keep them safe. 

What To Do About Tick Problems

If you have any Lyme disease symptoms, you should get help from a medical professional right away. However, if you have no symptoms but are just concerned about ticks around your property, the best way to protect yourself from these dangerous insects is to get help from the professionals at Moyer Pest Control. Our trained technicians can provide assistance to help you prevent and control tick populations. To learn more about the services we offer, or to request a consultation, contact us today.

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