What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through a tick bite. The initial symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, fatigue, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a rash. The rash is called a Bull’s eye rash due to its appearance. It has a red center with red rings around it. These symptoms generally happen within the first week to 30 days after the tick bite. Later symptoms include facial palsy, Headaches, Neck stiffness, more rashes, nerve pain, and even heart palpitations.
Tick removal and testing of Lyme Disease
First of all, here in western Pennsylvania, you might have heard about ways of removing ticks, like burning them with a cigarette, smothering with petroleum jelly, or even painting it with nail polish. Forget about all those – leave the nail polish for your nails. If you find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to freak out. According to the CDC, the key is to remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers work very well. To remove the tick:
- Grasp the tick as close as possible to the surface of the skin
- Pull upward with even pressure – see the site for more detail
- Clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water
How to lower the risk
Pennsylvania is in the top 5 states with Lyme disease cases each year. Ticks like trees, mulch, flower gardens, and areas with the ground cover more than an open grassy lawn. You can take steps to prevent ticks from biting you. You should wear Deer repellent when working or playing outside. Make sure that you have your pets treated regularly. And always check yourself and your pets after going outside or to a park.
The CDC has a reference for how to prevent ticks in your yard by creating a Tick-Safe Zone through landscaping. Common sense advice includes mowing your lawn frequently and keeping leaves racked and you can find an excellent free guide from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiments station Tick Management handbook
How Boo’s Bug Stoppers can help prevent Lyme Disease
In the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania region, ticks are becoming more and more common – probably in part to the deer population being everywhere. This is especially true this year with less traffic on our roads. And with the social distancing reality this year we are spending more time at home and in our yards si we are more susceptible to the risks of ticks and Lyme disease Depending on your property landscaping, why not consider our yearly treatment or even having your yard treated monthly during the spring and summer months. These steps can help you prevent ticks and Lyme disease. Contact Boo’s Bug Stoppers for a free assessment and customized evaluation of your unique situation.