Protect Yourself & Your Family From Lyme Disease
We are all busy being “Safer at Home” right now. At Be Green Pro, we want you to be “Safer at Home” while you enjoy your yards! This month, we are busy protecting our community from another potential threat to your health- Lyme Disease! May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. May brings warmer weather and is also the official start of tick season here in Wisconsin. Here’s what you need to know about Lyme Disease & the pests that cause it…
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is actually the fastest growing infectious bacterial disease in the United States. Each year, about 30,000 people are diagnosed with it and is primarily found in the New England and Midwest regions. It is most commonly transmitted by Ixodes ticks, better known as Deer Ticks or Black-Legged Ticks. These ticks carry a spirochete bacterium called “Borrelia Burgdorferi”. Just from one tick bite, the bacteria can spread throughout the body and can affect anything ranging from muscles, joints, organs, and even the nervous system.
So, you've found a tick, now what?
After an initial wave of revulsion, you carefully remove it with a pair of tweezers (or a Tick Key available from Be Green Pro). Now you're probably wondering: What's the chance I have Lyme disease?
Millions of Americans each year are bitten by ticks, but only 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention annually. Where you live determines how many blacklegged ticks are carrying Lyme. A recent study found that in the Upper Midwest, up to 50 percent of blacklegged ticks are infected.
However, there is hope: "In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted," the CDC website says.
What Should I Watch For After a Bite?
It is a tricky disease to diagnose because Lyme Disease shares the same symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other health conditions whose symptoms can be similar to those of Lyme disease. There are a number of symptoms you can watch for and the earlier they are caught, the quicker you can get treatment. Here’s what look for if you are aware you’ve been bitten by a tick:
Early Symptoms (3 to 30 days after bite)
Swollen lymph nodes
Rash around bite (not as common)
Late Symptoms (1+ months after bite)
Severe headaches/neck stiffness
Facial palsy (loss of muscle in face, one side or both)
Arthritis and joint swelling (particularly at the knees or other large joints)
Muscle, joint, tendon, and nerve pain
Dizziness or shortness of breath
Brain and spinal cord inflammation
Shooting pains, numbness, or tickling in the hands or feet
How can I do to prevent tick bites & Lyme Disease?
Though Lyme Disease is a serious health risk, it is very easy to prevent. The CDC suggests a number of basic practices to prevent Lyme Disease which are…
When outdoors, avoid walking through thick brush and other tall vegetation.
Use repellents that contain DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus. When applying, specifically target the legs and feet.
Purchase pre-treated apparel with permethrin built in.
Perform daily tick checks after spending time outdoors.
Be Green Pro has all-natural insect management so that you can protect yourself, family & pets from ticks while spending time in your yard. It is a chemical-free, essential oil treatment that is safe for beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, and earthworms. Call us for a free quote!
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