Summer is a great time to be outside with your family and friends, whether you’re grilling out or just enjoying the sun. Be warned –– if you’re living in New Jersey, you’re at a higher risk of contracting an illness like Lyme disease after getting bit by a blacklegged or deer tick.
In 2012, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked New Jersey third in the country (after Pennsylvania and Massachusetts) in the number of Lyme disease cases. Specifically, they reported that Lyme disease was most prevalent in the northwestern counties of Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex and Morris, NJ.
Although ticks are a year-round problem, in the spring and summer ticks usually begin more actively looking for new hosts, including deer, rodents, birds, dogs and humans.
Preventing Tick Bites & Lyme Disease in NJ
The presence of ticks should never keep you cooped up inside! There are few things you can do to keep them off of your skin.
- Tuck your pants into your socks
- Wear long-sleeved shirts
- Use insect repellant (on you and your pets)
After being outside, you should check yourself thoroughly for ticks on your skin. If you find one, pull it out immediately by using tweezers to grasp its head and pull it out. Use rubbing alcohol on the bite area to disinfect it, and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
If you get a tick bite and are experiencing a fever, headache, muscle and joint ache, swollen lymph nodes or a rash at the site of the tick bite, you may be experiencing symptoms of Lyme disease. You should see a doctor immediately to start treatment.
J.P. McHale Offers New Jersey Tick Control Solutions
Contact our pest control team to treat your New Jersey home for ticks. Until then, you can help keep them away by trimming overgrown shrubbery, cutting your grass often and removing leaf litter from your yard.