Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged (deer) tick and an estimated 427,000 cases occur each year In the United States. It’s therefore important to protect yourself when enjoying outdoor activities.

Practicing good tick bite prevention habits is the best way to prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses from occurring. Simply be aware of where you walk, the clothing you wear and how often you check for ticks.

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Simple Precautions:

  • Wear protective clothing includes, long-sleeve shirt tucked in at the waist, long pants tucked into high socks, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Light-colored clothing will make ticks easier to spot.
  • Avoid area where ticks thrive; wood piles, leaf litter, long grass, beach grass, bushy and shaded areas, stone walls and perimeters where the lawn meets the woods.
  • Remove clothing upon entering the home; toss into the dryer at high temperature for 10-15 minutes to kill live ticks. Putting them in the washer, however, will not.
  • Examine yourself and your pets for ticks daily. Feel for bumps paying close attention to the back of knees, groin, armpits, in and behind the ears, belly button, and scalp. Check everywhere – ticks love to hide! Shower or bathe as soon as possible to wash away unattached ticks. If you find a tick, remove it quick! The longer it is attached, the more likely it will transmit a disease.
  • Practice smart landscaping. Ticks live in moist shady area as opposed to dry, sunny area, consider separating tick-friendly habitats from your outdoor living area with gravel or wood chips.

Protect Your Pets

Tick bite prevention is crucial for all members of your family, including pets. The risk to your dog of contracting Lyme or other tick-borne disease is on the rise. Research shows that cases of Lyme and other TBDs among dogs has increased 112% over the last five years (Companion Animal Parasite Council).

This increased risk to our pets means an increased risk to you and your family, as ticks target both ends of the leash. If your pet, particularly dogs, goes outdoors they are at an increased risk for getting a tick bite. Add to that, your pet can serve as a tick taxi and will unwittingly carry ticks inside your home, exposing you and your family to a tick bite.

 

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