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Tick Safety Tips for Lyme Awareness Month

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  • Tue, May 21, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Wed, May 22, 2019 8:00 AM
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  • Thu, May 23, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Fri, May 24, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Sat, May 25, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Sun, May 26, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Mon, May 27, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Tue, May 28, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Wed, May 29, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Thu, May 30, 2019 8:00 AM
  • Fri, May 31, 2019 8:00 AM
East End Tick & Mosquito Control
214 North Sea Road
Studies show that 20-50% of the ticks on the East End of Long Island are infected with Lyme disease and 70% of all people who are diagnosed are bitten in their own yard. May brings warm weather and sunshine, but with warm weather comes the return of ticks. The month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness of the prevalent, yet preventable illness, Lyme disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States, but an estimated 300,000 people are diagnosed annually. Nymph ticks, most active in the spring, can infect you with Lyme disease. Most people mistaken these tiny creatures for chiggers, but there are no chiggers north of the Mason-Dixon line. Nymph ticks are the most likely to transmit the infection and are comparable to a poppy seed, which makes them very hard to see. With these facts and statistics in mind, Brian Kelly, local tick expert and owner of East End Tick & Mosquito Control and April Boitano of Tick Wise Education have shared a list of tips for East End residents to consider when venturing outdoors to limit the risk of contracting a tick-related illness during the warmer months. 1). Spray monthly between the months of April - October to control ticks on your property. 2). Always use a repellent when going outdoors and get into the habit of checking yourself afterwards. Pro tip: Have someone else check your back and areas you can’t see. 3). Put a fence around your yard to help keep deer and other animals out of your yard. 4). Keep your pets confined to your landscaped lawn and never allow them to enter the woods and use a tick repellent such as frontline. If you travel with your pet, make sure you check them afterwards. 5). Teach your kids about the dangers of going into the woods and uncharted territory. Get them into the routine of checking themselves after being outdoors and check them yourselves. 6). Buy a tick removal kit and keep it handy at all times and learn how to properly remove a tick. 7). Keep your grass cut short and don’t over-water your plants and shrubs. Ticks are attracted to long grass and cool damp areas. 8). Ivy and other sorts of ground cover are tick hot spots, avoid them at all times. 9). As part of your spring yard clean-up, eliminate tick habitat by raking and removing leaves that have blown into your yard edges and under shady vegetation. 10). Ticks don’t jump, they don’t fly, they climb up. 11). Ticks are rarely found higher than 2’ off the ground. 12). You are 74 times less likely to have a tick climb up your leg if you spray your shoes and socks with permethrin. Brian Kelly always tells his customers that “prevention is better than a cure” and takes a proactive approach to tick safety. “The risk of contracting a tick borne illness, such a Lyme disease becomes increasingly worse year after year, you should always take the right steps to help keep yourself and your family safe. Have your yard sprayed now to prevent ticks from entering your property and get into the habit of following these tips on a regular basis.” Lucky for us, we aren’t alone in the fight against ticks and tick-borne diseases. Opossums kill up to 5,000 ticks per week when grooming themselves and are poor hosts for the Lyme bacterium, unlike white-footed mice, the main mammalian vector for Lyme. Ticks, always born uninfected, feed on mice who harbor the bacterium, then bite other mammals like ourselves which passes on the infection. A new study has shown that predators of white mice on eastern Long Island such as red foxes help break the cycle of infection. The predators didn’t decrease the mouse population but lowered the rate of infected ticks, most likely due to curtailed mouse activity when foxes are hunting. If you believe you were bitten by a tick, keep an eye out for early stages of Lyme disease. Early stages of Lyme disease can include a “bull’s eye” like rash for up to 60% of Lyme cases but the remainder show no rash at all! Other symptoms can include chills, fever, fatigue, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle and join pain. If left untreated, Lyme can lead to serious medical complications such as arthritis, heart and nervous disorders, Bell’s Palsy, miscarriages, stillborn births, meningitis, numbness, pain and neurological damage. If you experience any of these symptoms after finding a tick, contact a physician immediately.
contact information:
East End Tick & Mosquito Control
(631) 287-9700
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Registration: Wed, May 01, 2019 to Wed, May 01, 2019
URL: http://www.tickcontrol.com