As the weather warms and ticks reemerge, the risk of contracting Lyme disease becomes highly likely. Symptoms of Lyme disease include, but are not limited to: rashes, fatigue, achy or swollen joints, headaches, dizziness, fever, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating or remembering, chest pains, shortness of breath, light-headedness, and unexplained pain. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics but, in some cases, patients may suffer from long-term damage to the nervous symptoms or joints.
As we’ve discussed here before, some ticks lay dormant during the winter in piles of dead leaves and brush and in wooded areas. While doing your spring cleaning, take these precautions to lower your risk of Lyme disease:
1. Get rid of any leaf litter, weeds, brush, or wood piles that have been in your yard throughout the winter.
2. Move wood piles away from your house
3. Keep children and pets away from wooded perimeters and out of the actual woods
4. Use insect repellent if you plan to hike or be outdoors for extended periods of time
5. Discourage deer, the main food source of adult ticks, from entering your yard. Remove plants that they may be attracted to and consider putting up fencing to keep them out.
6. Perform tick checks after spending time outdoors. Pay special attention to: under the arms, in and around ears, behind knees, between legs, in head and body hair, inside the belly button, and around the waist.
7. Finally, contact a professional to protect your yard against ticks. Contact Mosquito Busters at 877-628-7837 for a quick quote!