A tiny black-legged nymph tick is a popular carrier of Lyme Disease. The nymph tick can be as small as a poppy seed.
The 6C’s of tick-proofing your yard
1. Clear out. Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic.
2. Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow your grass regularly and keep the lawn short.
3. Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
4. Check hiding places: Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. The base of fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.
5. Care for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick medication. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.
6. Call in the Pros: Our Mosquito Squad of Rochester professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes” that effectively eliminate hundreds of tick nymphs.
Warmer weather brings more ticks infected with Lyme Disease in the Rochester area. The number of Lyme Disease cases have been rising in the Mosquito Squad of Rochester service area. 96% of the Lyme Disease cases reported in the US were in 13 states, one of which is New York. In 2011, New York had over 3,000 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with Lyme disease become infected near their homes, while engaged in property maintenance, recreation, and relaxation. Lyme disease prevention is based primarily on avoidance of tick bites, early detection and removal of attached ticks.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
In early stages, symptoms can seem like the flu. Noticeable fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes are signs that you have Lyme Disease. A bulls-eye type rash can appear at the site of the tick bite although the flu-like symptoms may be the only sign of infection. If the rash appears, it gradually expands over a period of several days and will be warm to the touch.
As the disease goes undetected more symptoms will occur. Some of the later symptoms could be loss of muscle tone to one or both sides of the face, headaches, neck stiffness and pain and swelling of the joints. People suffering from Lyme Disease can also have shooting pains and heart palpitations. Victims may also feel dizziness.