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Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease Has Been Found In The National Parks

Lyme Disease

More and more cases of Lyme disease is being reported around the United States. The disease is spreading all across the country. Now it has been reported and confirmed the ticks carrying the disease has been reported in the national parks. Lyme Disease in the news.

The disease has been growing for the past several years, Lyme disease is also called Lyme borreliosis and is transmitted to humans by being bit by a tick especially a deer tick. Usually, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria can spread.

Read our post on Controlling Fleas and Ticks

There has been reported over 300,000 cases each year of Lyme disease just here in the United States. Lyme disease not only affects humans but it can be debilitating or deadly to animals also. The symptoms of Lyme disease will not show up for several days after the tick bites you and often is not diagnosed properly. The most common sign of infection is in the area of the bite will become red which will occur about a week after the bite. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, feeling tired. If left untreated the symptoms will get worse and include joint pain, severe headaches, heart palpitations and the inability to move one or both sides of the face. It is stated that months or years later repeated episodes of joint pain and swelling may occur.

Treatment for Lyme disease can be done mostly through antibiotics. More and more people are being seen with advanced version of this disease, it is without saying take this disease very seriously.

Now with this disease being found in our National Park Service, according to the study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) collected ticks along hiking trails in nine eastern national parks. They found blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also called deer ticks, infected with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease in all nine parks. The study is the first to confirm the presence of these ticks, which researchers already suspected because Lyme disease has been reported in the region.

Prevention

Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites would be to wear long pants and use a pesticide with DEET in the ingredient. If you find ticks on you or your children or pets use a pair of tweezers. Be sure to remove the whole tick. If the tick is full of blood seek treatment in order to get an antibiotic in order to treat the infection the tick bite may cause.

The best prevention is to stay away from tick infested areas. But if you have to go into areas that you feel have ticks, make sure that your body is covered by clothing and treated with some sort of insect repellent. I know that when I am working on my property I will wear protective clothing and if I am handling firewood I will also wear gloves. When you and your family come back to where you are staying make sure that you search each other for any ticks, especially in scalp region. Getting these nasty things off your body as soon as possible is the best prevention that a person can do.

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Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Controlling Ticks and Fleas On Your Pets

Tick Control

When having animals one of the things that you need to consider is what to give your dog and cat for flea and tick control. When you take medications for your own health you do your research and try and find out what are the side affects of taking a medication. The same amount of research and care should also be used when determining what to give your pets in order to control fleas and ticks.

Read our article on Deer Ticks Being Found Carrying Lyme Disease

The following article will cover tick repellent methods and means of keeping you, your family and your pets safe from all of the dangerous and deadly diseases that these blood-sucking pests are known to carry.

If you are a pet owner, then you very likely are at least somewhat familiar with a tick and what it is. Ticks have 8 legs, but they aren’t exactly spiders. These creatures attach themselves to mammals and feed on blood. Male ticks are actually known to increase up to five times in size in a single feeding, sometimes drinking blood until they explode. A small amount of anesthetic that the ticks administer keeps them from being detected, and female ticks can lay thousands of fertile eggs on their own with a single blood meal. These eggs can be laid on the exterior in your yard or bushes or they can be laid inside your home.

The first step for keeping ticks off you and your pets should be to thoroughly inspect everyone for any ticks that may already exist. Check through the fur of every pet you have – consider shaving the pets hair if possible as it can often times be hard to detect the ticks with large amounts of hair in the way. The ticks will go for soft spots, so be sure to check the underside of your pet very well.

Most pet shampoos perform decently against fleas, but you need something very strong if you want to kill a tick in a bath. Ticks can live underwater for days at a time, so don’t bother trying to drown it. It is recommended that you take your pet to the vet to have a tick removed, especially if you have noticed any strange behavior from the animal the tick was attached to. The head of the tick can sometimes remain under the skin of your animal if you try to yank the tick out, and squishing a tick can potentially transfer a disease to you or your pet, so be sure to seek out professional help if you do find a tick on your pet.

Removing the ticks that are actually attached to you or your pets right now isn’t enough; you have to keep these ticks off your property (or keep your pets away from tick-infested areas) if you don’t want to be dealing with them on a constant basis. Remember, ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and many other harmful diseases, so they are really nothing to mess around with.

Ticks are most commonly found in forests and other areas that have a number of surfaces (such as a tree) that a tick can wait on for an animal to rub up against. Avoid allowing your dogs or cats to roam free in any areas that you think may contain ticks.

It is very common to have ticks and fleas in your back yard or where ever your animals go and play. By spraying trees and plants and the lawn with a good flea and tick barrier will bring some relief for the fight against these pesky pest. I have heard of some all natural garlic based mosquito barrier treatment products on the market, but I cannot swear that these do work or not. Being in the pest control industry I am still feel that using chemicals like bifen and talstar still works the best for the control of fleas and ticks.

Related Links:

Flea and Ticks in South Florida

Tips to avoid ticks this summer

Vets expect high number of flea’s and tick’s

 

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Posted by Tom in Lifestyle