With Tick Season Underway, Humans and Pets Alike are at Risk for Lyme DiseaseNPMA Staff
Monday, May 30, 2011
Spring and summer are prime seasons for tick
infestations, and with both humans and pets spending more time
outdoors, there is an increased chance of being bitten and bringing
the ticks indoors. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA)
reminds everyone, especially pet owners, to be extremely vigilant
against ticks in the warmer months.
"Ticks are more than just a nuisance," says Jim Fredericks,
technical services director for NPMA. "Of the more than 800 tick
species, about 100 spread bacteria that can cause dangerous
diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted
Lyme disease, the most common tick-transmitted disease in the
world, causes symptoms including fever, headache, arthritis, and
fatigue. Rocky Mountain spotted fever causes headache, fever,
muscle pain, and rash. Both diseases can be life threatening if not
properly treated. More commonly, a tick
can feed on a host for as long as 24 hours before it falls off,
often causing a local skin reaction and sometimes anemia.
"In the summer months, it is important to check your family and
pets for ticks after they spend time outdoors, and take proper
steps to control an infestation if you find ticks in your home,"
The NPMA offers these tips to home and pet owners to avoid a
- Use a tick repellent when in places where ticks are common,
such as in weeds and long grassy areas. Wear long sleeved shirts
and pants, preferably light in color, so ticks will be easy to
- When you return indoors, inspect clothing and skin and wash
- Discuss proper tick preventative and treatment options with
your pet's veterinarian.
- If you have symptoms of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted
fever, seek medical attention immediately.
- If you find signs of a tick infestation in your home, call a
licensed pest professional for proper treatment.
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