May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in SoNH.
May is Lyme disease awareness month and Mosquito Squad of SoNH wants all residents to be aware that our state ranks second in the country for the highest amount of confirmed Lyme Disease cases. Deer ticks are the cause of Lyme Disease and our abundant deer and rodent population paired with our natural geography make New Hampshire the perfect home for deer ticks. Not only do these ticks transmit Lyme Disease, they are also responsible for the transmission of Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis.
Ticks that cause Lyme Disease are alll around us, staying tick smart is key to staying healthy.
Not many people realize as they step into an outdoor setting that they may run the risk of not only contracting one tick-borne disease, but two. It is possible, though rare, to contract more than one tick-borne illness from a tick at once. This occurrence is what is known as co-morbid tick disease. Becoming infected with more than one tick illness at the same time can make you even sicker than just one illness will. If you spend any time outdoors, and enjoy outdoor recreational activities during the tick season, it is important to exercise safe tick practices including checking yourself for ticks. It is also important to check your children and following exposure to the great outdoors.
It is important to realize that deer ticks are very small and can be hard to see. The nymph deer tick is about the size of a poppy seed, and the adult deer tick is about the size of a sesame seed. Their small stature makes it possible for the tick to avoid detection and attach themselves to us as we go about our outdoor activities. It is crucial to avert a possible disease transmission by detecting and removing a tick early. Research indicates your chance of contracting Lyme Disease from a deer tick increases the longer the tick remains attached and undetected. Some studies even point out it must remain attached 36-48 hours in order to transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme onto us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a specific order in which to check for ticks’ properly following trips outdoors into unprotected areas and they are as follows:
All sizes of deer ticks can spread illness and disease.
Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat for at least an hour effectively kills ticks.
Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.
Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:
- Under the arms
- In and around the ears
- Inside belly button
- Back of the knees
- In and around the hair
- Between the legs
- Around the waist
Proper tick removal
If you do find a tick attached, don’t panic, remove the tick using a pair tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and with a firm grasp pull it straight out .Do not manipulate the tick, or attempt to burn the tick. This will likely cause the tick’s mouth part to remain intact. The mouth part which is called the hypostome is barbed and needlelike. The barbs point back towards the tick, much like a fishhook. When heat is applied to a tick, or you manipulate the tick it cannot quickly remove these barbs, unless it lubricates them. The only way a tick can lubricate the barbs is by emptying the contents of its stomach. When the tick empties the contents of its stomach it raises the risk of any tick-borne illness the tick is carrying of being passed onto you.
Once you have removed the tick, keep the tick in a sealed container such as an empty medicine bottle marked with the date you removed the tick. This is crucial in the event you become sick and the tick is needed to help diagnose Lyme Disease, or another tick-borne disease. Watch for signs of illness such as rash, fever or flu-like symptoms in the days and weeks following the bite. Immediately see a health care provider if these develop. Your risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness depends on many factors how long the tick was attached.
Reducing your exposure to ticks will bring the risk factor for contracting Lyme Disease down significantly. Taking steps within your own environment to create a tick safe zone will allow you to enjoy the outdoors with peace of mind in knowing you and your family are safe. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is dedicated to keeping you safe from Lyme disease with our tick intensive control and prevention treatment. We combine safe and effective barrier sprays that kill adult ticks with tick traps (for nymph ticks) interrupt the life cycle of the tick eliminating it before it has a chance to spread infection to you. We’ve had great success with our tick trap program which can reduce the chance of coming into contact with a tick on your treated property by up to 97%. Statistics like this are hard to beat.
The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH
If you want to learn more about keeping the most important people in your life protected from the tick that could potentially give them Lyme disease, contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today. Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: email@example.com