Ticks and Lyme Disease
New England is home to several different tick species. These parasites live in and near the edges of forests, in areas with tall grass, and around landscaping in backyards or by apartments. Ticks have also become a problem in cities and suburbs and may impact businesses like dog kennels, campgrounds, or farms.
Ticks feed on blood by attaching themselves to animals or humans. They often hide in hard-to-see places like the groin, scalp, and underarms. Their bites may lead to illnesses that are harmful to people, pets, and livestock. However, only the blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, can transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease spreads through the bite of an infected tick. Early symptoms include a rash, fever, headaches, and fatigue. Although often treatable with antibiotics, the infection can sometimes affect the heart, joints, and nervous system. Some people develop chronic Lyme disease syndrome which causes pain, insomnia, and many other issues.
How to Avoid Tick-Borne Diseases
Because of the link between ticks and Lyme disease, it’s important to take precautions to prevent bites. Wearing long sleeves and pants can make it harder for them to latch on. Consider choosing light colors so you can spot the pests more easily. Apply insect repellent before going outside and regularly treat your animals.
After spending time outdoors, be sure to inspect yourself, children, and pets thoroughly. Remove any ticks that you find right away by using pointed tweezers to grasp it close to the skin and pull it straight out. If you have concerns about ticks near your home or business, contact Waltham Pest Services to consult with the experts.