According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn what Lyme disease is, how people and pets get it, and how to protect against it.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease, also known as “The Great Imitator,” is a bacterial infection most commonly transmitted via the bite of a tick that is in the Nymph (Eight-Legged) stage. The disease is known as The Great Imitator because once it gets into your bloodstream it is known to mimic the symptoms of many common diseases. Because of this, people who contract Lyme disease are often misdiagnosed. Some of the misdiagnoses include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and various psychiatric illnesses, including depression.
Where can I get Lyme disease?
Deer ticks are the most common carriers of the disease on the east coast. Therefore, you are most likely to contract Lyme if you are in an area where there are many deer ticks. Areas that have tall grass, leaf debris, or woods are common areas where you will find the highest concentrations of deer ticks; however you can easily find one crawling on you just from walking around in your back yard. They are also a warm-weather insect and will therefore be found in higher concentrations during the spring and summer seasons.
What should I do?
Always be conscious of your surroundings. Make sure you’re wearing a tick repellent when you know you’re going to be in a wooded area or tall grass. Also thoroughly check yourself, your pets and your children whenever you come in from being outdoors and periodically while you’re outdoors. By checking yourself frequently, you increase your chances of catching a tick crawling on you before it has bitten you.
Keep leaf debris far away from where you plan to spend time outside of your home. Mow your lawn regularly and keep the perimeter of your home free of weeds.
For the best protection, consider giving us a call. Family Pest Solutions offers a three-step pest control service that can help you eliminate and prevent ticks from invading your home. We begin by inspecting the property, identifying where ticks can thrive, and then customizing a solution with recommendations. We also treat vegetation close to your home and place a barrier around the perimeter of your yard. We use a Natural Botanical product (25-B – low risk). The active ingredient in our product is cedar-wood oil – it offers some of the best pest control against ticks that you can find, while being low risk.
Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area, including Albany, Troy, Schenectady, and Clifton Park, New York.