An Early Start to Tick Season
Reports indicate that the ticks are biting early this year! This is partly due to a mild winter and a warm spring. So if you’re out doing yard work, hiking, or just sitting on the lawn taking in all this wonderful weather, be aware that you might not be alone out there: it’s the time of the tick! If you don’t hire an Atlanta Tick Control specialist then you can follow these simple steps.
Bites from the tiny deer ticks that are prevalent in the Northeast and upper Midwest can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses. And ticks in other areas can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis, another bacterial disease. Indications for Lyme’s can be spotted early on by the bullseye like rash that appears after a tick bite. If left untreated, the complications can be debilitating and difficult to treat. Early on, a simple round of antibiotics will do the trick.
Taking precautions to even prevent the bite from happening in the first place is very important. Since the season seems to be starting early, taking precautions that you would normally take in summer is in order. Things like tucking your pants into your socks, spraying your clothing with deet before doing yard work, and checking your hairline after a day outside are especially beneficial. Here are some steps you can take in order to stay safe all season long.
- Wear long sleeves, long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes when walking through wooded or grassy areas. Tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks.
- Spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellent containing up to 30 percent deet or another effective bug-repelling ingredient. Do your research on the top insect repellants, and follow the directions on the label. Once inside, make sure to rinse the product off.
- Inspect your skin when you go indoors, including your armpits and groin. If you find a tick attached, use tweezers to gently remove it, taking care to get the whole body out, including the head. You might want to save the tick in a plastic bag in case it needs to be tested later for Lyme disease or other bacteria.
In order to contract Lyme from a diseased tick, it must feed off your body for at least 36 hours. Being vigilant about finding and removing ticks can make all the difference, however if you notice a bullseye rash or flu like symptoms, call your doctor. When caught early, antibiotics could make your life a whole lot easier!