- Posted by hinged
Ahh, the warm weather is here! You’ve been cooped up all winter and it’s now time to enjoy the great outdoors. This is also a time were YOU or your pet could get a NASTY BITE from those pesky, little, blood sucking creatures known as TICKS!. Ticks are arachnids known as ectoparasites which feed off of the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
Besides Lyme disease, it seems as if there is a news article every day about new, deadly and life threatening diseases spread by these persistent, lurking critters. Here are some facts to think about. Ticks are most active when the temperatures are above freezing for a majority of the United States (except for Alaska). The Northeast states are home to the deer tick. These ticks are responsible for spreading Lyme disease. According to data collected over the past 5 years from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT, on average, of the 12,483 ticks tested- 27 per cent tested positive for the Lyme disease agent. That’s a pretty high number. Besides locking yourself in your home, your best bet is to take action. TICK PREVENTION should be at the top of your summer to do list.
According to the National Park Service Office of Public Health:
The best way to avoid acquiring ticks and tick-borne diseases is through prevention. Here are some tips when outdoors:
- Avoid tick-infested areas, especially in spring and summer months.
- Stay on the center of trails and paths – don’t brush against vegetation if you can avoid it.
- Wear long pant, and tuck in your pants legs. Better still, tape the area where pants and socks meet.
- Wear a hat and a long-sleeved shirt for extra protection.
- Wear light colored and tightly woven clothing to more easily see ticks.
- Use insect repellent. Products containing DEET can be used on either skin or clothing. Permethrin can be used only on clothing. Both are readily available.
- Frequently check yourself, children and pets for ticks. Ixodid ticks are about the size of a pinhead, therefore easily overlooked. Other ticks are larger, about the size of a pencil eraser or larger.
- Remove ticks from your skin immediately with tweezers by grasping the tick’s head parts as close to your skin as possible. If mouthparts remain embedded in skin, contact your physician. Wash the bite area, apply antiseptic and cover with a band-aid. Ticks are slow feeders. Risk of infection is greatly reduced if they are removed within 24 hours.
- Where possible, keep grass and shrubs in your yard trimmed, and clear overgrown.
- Treating lawns is of little benefit since this is not a preferred habitat for ticks.
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