After a long and cold winter, Spring has finally arrived here in New England. Even though we are glad to see the sun and the arrival of warmer temperatures, springtime also means the return of ticks. It’s very likely that you, or someone you know, has found a tick on themselves or their pet, and possibly even contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease, but did you know that ticks also spread several other kinds of illnesses? Read on to learn more:
Babesiosis: Babesiosis is a parasitic disease that is spread through the bite of a tick carrying the disease. The parasites infect the red blood cells and may cause symptoms that are similar to those of malaria; including fatigue, chills, fever, and anemia. Babesiosis may present alongside Lyme disease.
Anaplasmosis: Anaplasmosis is spread to humans through the bite of an infected deer tick and typically occurs during the spring and summer. Like babesiosis, anaplasmosis infects the red blood cells and causes symptoms such as an increase in heart rate, blood in the urine, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is transmitted by the American dog tick, the Rocky Mountain wood tick, and the brown dog tick. RMSF will cause a fever, headache, muscle aches, and rash. The rash may present with blackened skin at the site of the bite. RMSF can be fatal if not properly treated with antibiotics.
Powassan Virus: Powassan virus is spread by the groundhog tick and the black-legged tick. Powassan virus is rare and difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, seizures, and memory loss. It may also cause long-term neurological damage.
We at Mosquito Busters can treat your yard to help prevent a tick infestation and lower your risk of bites and infection. Please call us today at 87-975-2721 to get started!