Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted in humans through the bite of ticks.
It is estimated by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that over 300,000 people are diagnosed with this disease annually in the U.S.
It is a disease that affects people of all ages and this disease often gets misdiagnosed simply because it shows symptoms that are akin to other ailments.
Lyme disease is treatable but if it is left untreated then it will spread to the nervous system, joints and even heart.
By identifying the causative insect and it’s habitat you would have taken the first step towards combating the illness.
Ticks love a moist and humid climate and environment. They can be seen in grassy and wooded regions. It is advisable to check your clothing for ticks when you get back from an outing in a grassy or wooded area, if you see any tick make sure you get rid of it.
Your household pets are great hosts for this parasite and are prone to tick bites and consequently tick-borne diseases.
Pets always seem to bring ticks into the home, while there are vaccines readily available it still doesn’t prevent ticks from getting to your home.
So always carry out a daily tick check for your pets especially when they have been outdoors.
If your pet displays a change in its appetite or in its demeanour then it may indicate that it has been bitten by a tick. Look out for ticks on your pet and get rid of it the moment you see any.
While it may be hard to stop your outdoor activities like picnicking, you should be well aware of the dangers of ticks to your health.
You can use these five simple tricks to avoid tick bites and Lyme disease.
1. Get Rid Of Of Backyard Grass
Make sure to cut all brush and tall grass in your backyard as this is a perfect hideout for ticks.
2. Make Sure You Use A Buffer
To avoid ticks from crossing over to your yard use a buffer like gravel or wood chips and place it right between your lawn and any wooded area as ticks hate to cross a pathway that is lined with something that is rough.
3. Make Sure Your Wooden Planks Are Neatly Stacked
Ticks love wood piles that are stacked in a shaded area. Make sure your wood pile is stacked where it will get enough sunlight. This way the wooden piles will be kept dry and they won’t be attractive to the ticks as they prefer a moist habitat.
4. Use A Tick Repellent Plant
American beautyberry bushes are a natural plant known to repel ticks, it’s better than investing in harsh chemicals that have harmful side effects.
5. Get Yourself A Tick-Eater
Invest in guinea hens if you have a large land and you want to get rid of ticks as they will peck at any ticks they see. You should however learn more on how to cater for their shelter and feeding so as not to lose them early.
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