Due to a recent death in our area, as the result of someone being bitten by an infected tick, we think it is imperative that this information, about ticks and Lyme disease, reaches our readers as soon as possible.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a spirochete (pronounced “SPY-ROH-KEET”) that humans contract from a deer tick that has been infected.
The bite of a tick usually goes unnoticed and most people to do not even know that they have been attacked. A tick can stay attached to your skin for several days.
Lyme disease is not easy to detect and has been referred to as the “Great Imitator” because the symptoms of this disease mimics the symptoms of many others. Many that are bitten by an infected tick will experience symptoms such as a cold or the flu; while others may show the tell-tail sign that Lyme disease is present (a bull’s eye shaped rash, with dark edges). The problem is that the rash may not reveal itself until days sometimes weeks after the bite has occurred. Since the rash is so similar to ringworm, cellulitis or a spider bite; Lyme disease may not be the first diagnosis.
The longer Lyme disease is left untreated or goes undetected;the more it will continue to spread throughout your body and possibly becoming dormant. After months or even years after the initial tick bite; your body may begin to have issues with digestion, pain in your joints and muscles,andpossible skin irritations. Lyme disease can and will attack any vital organ, including your heart and brain and have a direct negative impact on your entire nervous system.
It seems that no one is safe from this disease, because Lyme disease has been seen everywhere (except, as of date, Antarctica).
Ticks are an extension of the spider family; they feed by attacking and sucking the blood of their hosts (whether it is human or animal).
Ticks love humid weather conditions and it is in these climates that they are the most active. Young ticks can be found in a pile of leaves or in rotting logs on the ground. Adult ticks will climb up brush that line a walking trail and wait patiently for a “host” (you or your canine companion) to pass by.
Use these simple, personal prevention tricks to avoid a tick bite and potentially Lyme disease:
Do not lean against trees or sit on logs or stumps
Walk in the middle of a path or trail
Tuck loose hair into a hat
Wear closed shoes
Long pants with the bottoms taped or tucked into socks
Long sleeve shirts with a tight wrist closure is recommended
All clothing should be light in color, so a tick can be easily spotted
After you have completed your activities outside; check your skin, hair and clothing for ticks.
Protect your property by keeping trees pruned, clearing litter, woodpiles or excessive brush.
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The best way to keep ticks off your property or kill any that have found their way there is by chemicals that are used by professionals. We at A1 Pest Control Canberra are experienced and trained with the most updated equipment to treat ticks in and around your home. Call today 0407 065 413 and we would be delighted to have a chat about your individual pest situation.