Lyme disease hasn’t really been around for very long, if you consider that some diseases date back to the dawn of time; but since its discovery in Lyme, Connecticut, in the early 1970s, this disease is definitely making a name for itself. Early onset of Lyme disease can produce a rash and flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches. If untreated or misdiagnosed, it can lead to lifelong illness and life-threatening complications. In worst cases, it can cause erythema migraines, joint pain, neurological problems, and complicate heart disease. For some, this is enough reason to stay inside and never go out, but you don’t have to fear ticks. We have some information that will ease your mind.
5 Reasons to Not Worry About Catching Lyme Disease
- Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. This horrible disease is directly linked to deer ticks, also referred to as blacklegged ticks. If you find a large tick on you that has white dots in the middle of its back, that is a Lonestar tick. These are the most common tick in Georgia. If you find a tiny tick on you, that may be a deer tick.
- Not all people get sick if they catch Lyme disease. We’re not going to put out any figures because experts don’t know exactly what the chances are that the Lyme disease-causing bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi has of producing Lyme disease. All we can say is that not everyone develops the disease when they get the bacterium.
- Lyme disease can be treated if properly diagnosed. In the early stage of Lyme disease, it can be treated with antibiotics.
- It takes 24 – 48 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease to you. So, if you always check yourself and your children when you come in from being outside, you can catch ticks before they are able to spread this illness to you.
- There are precautions you can take to prevent tick bites. If you use an insect repellent with DEET or Permethrin on your skin or clothing, you can deter tick bites. You should also be careful to avoid walking in tall grass and through bushes; refrain from sitting in the grass if it has not been treated to protect against ticks, and get routine tick treatments for your backyard. Our backyards are where we spend most of our time outside. This is a prime place to pick up ticks.
If you live in Georgia and need tick services for your yard, Active Pest Control can help. We are a QualityPro certified pest management company with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can trust our team of educated professionals to help protect your family and your pets from the dangers of tick-related diseases.