Ticks & Lyme Disease in Parsippany-Troy Hills NJ; Symptoms of Bites & Prevention of Tick Pests
While it may not seem like a typical spring, the season has arrived and with it comes pests, including ticks and their associated diseases. New Jersey has one of the largest tick populations in America, and with this population comes the increased risk of contracting Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating infection that causes fever, extreme fatigue, headaches and in rare cases, potentially fatal heart and nervous system failure. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reported 31,500 confirmed cases of Lyme disease between 2005 and 2014 in the New Jersey area. In fact, 10% of all confirmed Lyme disease cases in the country were found in New Jersey. If you live in New Jersey, you have cause for concern.
Deer Ticks Can Transmit Lyme Disease
Deer ticks are the most prevalent hosts when it comes to the transmission of Lyme disease. The first symptom of Lyme disease is typically a rash which starts as a small red spot at the site of the tick bite. This spot will increase in size from as little as a few days to a few weeks after the initial bite resulting in a circular size rash that resembles the appearance of a bull’s eye. As the infection spreads, rashes are prone to appear on different areas of the body. Symptoms may increase and then dissipate over a period of time.
Merlin’s Pest Control provide the following list of simple precautions to help eliminate the risk of tick bite and Lyme disease infection including:
1. Clear tall grasses and low lying scrubs and brush from your yard to make it less appealing to ticks
2. Avoid walking in wooded areas and areas with high grass and leaf litter whenever possible
3. Walk in the center of hiking and walking trails when possible
4. Use insect repellants containing DEET. Wear pants and long sleeves when in wooded areas, treat your footwear with insect repellent and wear a hat to prevent ticks from getting into your hair.
5. After time outdoors, examine family members for ticks paying particular attention to underarms and other skin folds.
6. Comb through your hair and check under your hair line. Ticks are capable of crawling from your shoe towards your head and can move through the smallest opening to gain access to your skin
7. Make sure your pets are kept on a tick preventative and check for ticks daily, especially before they come into the home.
8. Deer are one of the primary carriers of ticks. Deer proof your yard by treating plants with deer repellent and if possible fence in your yard to keep deer out.
9. Keep your yard clean and tidy. Proper maintenance and upkeep of your property can reduce areas for ticks to hide.
10. Keep outdoor tables, and play houses in sunny areas out of the shade. Ticks avoid areas that are hot and dry.
Tick Pest Inspections, Prevention, Control & Removal in Bridgewater, Rockaway, Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills & Northern New Jersey
Most encounters with ticks occur in your very own yard. Contact the professionals at Merlin’s Pest Control today and ask about out comprehensive tick control and prevention programs designed to keep your yard tick free and protect your family from Lyme disease associated with Deer ticks.