With climate change causing a rise in temperatures, ticks are multiplying and spreading faster than ever. The risk of getting Lyme disease was previously limited to only a few states, but recently, the risk has spread all over the eastern United States.
Researchers continue to determine how to effectively exterminate ticks, but in the meantime, Atlanta pest control services can help control ticks in your yard. Though the responsibility avoiding ticks and their diseases in the wild is on the shoulders of the everyday person, luckily, there is a clear consensus on the best ways to prevent and identify Lyme disease in and around your home.
Watch Your Step
Ticks love living in unkempt grass and other naturally cluttered areas. Do your best to stay toward the center of trails and away from any leaf piles or brush.
Occasionally, adventure will call, and you’ll have to brave the unbeaten path. When this happens, make sure you check yourself for unwanted guests as soon as possible.
Catching a bite early is crucial, as it normally takes around twenty-four hours for a tick to infect the bloodstream.
Protect Your Skin
The less exposed your skin is, the better. Wear pants, boots, and long-sleeve shirts if the weather will allow it. You can also create a barrier by using a tick repellent bug spray.
Sprays that fall in the range of twenty-thirty percent DEET are the best for keeping the creatures at arm’s length. Be sure to also spray your clothes when applying repellent.
These pesky little insects like to hide in any crevice they can find, including clothing. Oftentimes, you may not even get bit until you’ve brought the tick all the way home with you.
We Got a Bite!
Sometimes ticks find their way onto you, regardless of prevention steps. They can even go unnoticed for an extended period of time, but there are a few steps you can take to prevent extensive damage from Lyme disease.
If you find a tick, take a picture, and then remove it immediately. Frequently, a doctor or disease center can tell how long a tick has been on you by its size.
After removal, if you noticed rash, fatigue, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, or swollen lymph nodes, consult a doctor immediately. If left untreated, Lyme disease can result in muscle loss, dizziness, arthritis, and neurological issues.
Lyme disease can be scary, but it’s no reason to lock yourself in the house and miss out on the beautiful nature that surrounds you. Just follow these prevention techniques, and monitor yourself appropriately in the case of a bite. If you take these precautions, there is no need to worry about Lyme Disease during your outdoor adventures.
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