Lyme Disease: Cooler weather is when ticks thrive
When the weather changes from one warm to cold, the Zika virus is no longer the biggest concern. Since mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of this disease, and they will die out as the warm weather passes through, people can begin to relax and breathe more freely. On the other hand, as one threat passes and the door of opportunity for others diseases to thrive well, there is a new problem that is always on the horizon. One in which involves the spread of Lyme disease since little pesky ticks survive well in both warm and cold weather all of the year round.
With that being said, according to Dorothy Leland, the Vice President of LimeDisease.og., with ticks being the center of everyone’s focus, it is important to note that these little insects can be seen as a sewer of a diversity of infections. So, it is essential that people are aware of these facts and what they can do to protect themselves and their family.
Facts About the Lyme Disease
Presently, this disease is considered to be at an all-time high. Based on figures from 2015, approximately 38,069 have been reported cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though the represented numbers are high, the actual projected estimations are about 10 times as high as those that have been officially reported. This is because the official reports difference does not state and local governments.
While the number of infections can also be on the rise, the actual diagnosis are lower than initially published. Specifically, because the signs and symptoms are not always easy to diagnose. For instance, there are numerous reasons for its misdiagnosis including false negative testing, odd systems that do not follow a specific pattern, and atypical rashes and flu like symptoms. It is also important to note that this disease can affect more than one organ in the body (i.e. nervous system, the brain, gastrointestinal system, the heart, muscles and the joints).
Facts about Thwarting Ticks
Based on information from the Companion Animal Parasite Council, ticks are more the most active during both the fall and winter seasons. These are the times when Lyme disease is usually on the rise, especially since they can thrive very well all over the U.S, even though each region is noted for having different species. People can also encounter them in certain places on their property including the gardens, landscape plantings, backyard grasses and heavy wooded areas. The carries of these are usually spotted on small mice as well as on deer’s. The coveted places for their presence is normally in moist environments.
Reducing the presence of these little insects does not have to be difficult if people know what they should do. For instance, based on information provided by LymeDisease.org, here’s some of the different ways to reduce them on your property:
- Prune trees
- Clear Brushes
- Treat the property with the appropriate chemicals
- Keep the grass on the property short and dry
- Groom shrubbery so that they will be no overgrowth
- Remove items that will attractive animals that are hosts to ticks
- Do not put out bird feeders, salt licks or bird baths.
- Remove all woodpiles, leaf piles, garbage and stone walls.
- Utilize taste- and scent-aversion ingredients to keep deer away from the shrubbery
- Dress defensively when spending time outdoors ( i.e. long sleeves, long pants, shoes and socks).
All of which can assist people with making sure that their family does not unnecessarily come in tack with the ticks that cause and spread Lyme disease.