What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is an inflammatory disease caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that are transmitted through the bites of certain species of infected ticks. The blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick) spreads the disease in these U.S. regions: northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central. On the Pacific Coast, the western blacklegged tick is to blame.
How is Lyme Disease Transmitted?
Since ticks don’t jump or fly, they wait on the tips of grass blades or shrubs. When someone brushes past, they climb on and make themselves comfortable on their new host. The ticks, already carrying Lyme Disease, will transmit the disease to the host. If the host already has the disease, the tick can contract it from the infected host and transmit it to every subsequent host.
Dangers of Lyme Disease
If gone untreated, long term effects of Lyme Disease can be quite severe. Early symptoms can include rash near the bite, fever, muscle/joint aches, chills, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. Symptoms will only worsen if treatment is neglected. Other symptoms include:
Rashes elsewhere on the body
Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling (i.e. knees)
Bell’s palsy (loss of muscle tone causing a droop on the face) affecting one or both sides of the face
Pain in nerves, tendons, and bones
Shortness of breath
Brain and spinal cord inflammation
Numb or tingling feeling in the hands/feet
Short-term memory loss
Tick and Lyme Disease Prevention
Preventative measures should be taken in order to ward off tick bites. The best way to combat ticks is with professional tick control. Mosquito Squad of Central New Hampshire can help with the services we offer. We use a barrier treatment, along with tick tubes to eradicate ticks before they strike. The treatment eliminates ticks on contact, while tick tubes are used to attack ticks using the natural nesting instincts of mice. The tick tubes, made of biodegradable tubes with insecticide-treated cotton inside, are placed in different spots around your property. Mice will collect the cotton for their bedding when building their nest. Ticks are exposed to the bedding of treated cotton, and eliminated as a result. Call Mosquito Squad of Central New Hampshire today at 603-244-1634 for a free consultation.