The Facts About Lyme Disease

Each year, over 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States. While infected celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Avril Lavigne, and Ben Stiller have shed light on the disease, many people are still not aware of the facts.

Lyme disease is caused when a tick containing the bacteria Borrelia burgdoferi bites a human and transmits the bacteria into the bloodstream.

Common symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, joint pain and headaches. A visual sign is a rash which can appear up to 30 days after the tick bite.

Identifying Lyme disease early is key to preventing more serious symptoms. Blood tests are often required for confirmation. If you notice any symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately.

Preventing Lyme disease comes down to tick control.

  • Keep up with routine landscaping and don’t let the grass over-grow. Eliminate yard crops that attract deer or other animals. It’s also a good idea to avoid being in wooded areas. If you will be in or near the woods, be prepared with clothing that covers as much skin as possible and bug spray that contains DEET.
  • Ticks often hitch a ride inside through your pets. Check your pets for ticks every time they re-enter the home.
  • Check yourself for ticks when returning from a wooded area. Comb through your hair and check inside your ears, under your arms, behind your knees, and even inside of your belly button.

Knockout Pest Control will apply the necessary chemicals around your home to prevent ticks. This is essential for those who live near wooded areas. Being proactive in your pest control approach can make all the difference to the health of you and your family.

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