Lyme Disease

Mice host the bacterial borrelia burgdorferi. When ticks feed on mice blood containing these bacteria and then attach onto humans, this bacteria spreads to humans in the form of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases. In addition to the mast year, we also saw a generally mild winter, which allows for adult ticks to be more active, further increasing the chances of contracting a tick-borne disease this season.

If you find a tick on your clothing or skin, it is important to look for the following common Lyme Disease symptoms in the days to follow:

  • Body, muscle and joint fatigue
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Neck stiffness
  • Bull’s eye pattern or rash
  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Memory loss

Lyme Disease typically takes 12-36 hours to transmit after a tick embeds. So, after finding a tick, depending on the time in your skin, you may be able to avoid contracting any tick-borne diseases. However, it is important to treat the symptoms regardless, because it is hard to know how long a tick was actually in you.

Bug sprays and other tick repellents for humans or pets are a popular means of prevention. But, an even better way to protect you and your family, is to spray for ticks in your yard.

What’s Your Tick Control & Plant Health Care Plan for Spring?

Now is the time to start thinking about your plant health care and tick control options. Several counties within the mid-Hudson Valley have the nation’s highest rates of Lyme Disease, making effective tick control methods extremely important. Lyme Disease is caused by a bite from an infected black-legged tick, more commonly known as a deer tick. Most …

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