Yes, it is true. A tiny tick can make you very sick! Developing a bull’s-eye rash is a sure sign that you have Lyme Disease. But, did you know that sometimes, the bull’s-eye rash does not appear? The rash, also called erythema migrans only occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected people. For this reason, it is important to educate yourself about Lyme Disease.
May is Lyme Disease awareness month. Massachusetts residents have seen a huge climb in Lyme Disease cases over the past few years. Most people in the Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford service area know someone who has been affected by Lyme Disease. In a four year period, Middlesex County had nearly 3 times more reported Lyme Disease cases. Our residents should be informed about the symptoms of Lyme Disease.
In early stages, symptoms can seem like the flu. Noticeable fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes are signs that you have Lyme Disease. A bulls-eye type rash can appear at the site of the tick bite although the flu-like symptoms may be the only sign of infection. If the rash appears, it gradually expands over a period of several days and will be warm to the touch.
As the disease goes undetected more symptoms will occur. Some of the later symptoms could be loss of muscle tone to one or both sides of the face, headaches, neck stiffness and pain and swelling of the joints. People suffering from Lyme Disease can also have shooting pains and heart palpitations. Victims may also feel dizziness.
Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford has six tips for controlling ticks in your yard:
The 6 C’s of Tick Control
- Clear debris. This is especially important in moist, shady areas where ticks thrive.
- Clean. Get rid of leaf litter, brush off sidewalks and mow grass.
- Choose plants that are not attractive to deer. Deer will carry ticks into your yard.
- Check hiding places often. Ticks like to congregate at the bottom of brick walls and fences.
- Care for your pets. Ensure you check family pets for ticks and apply tick medication regularly.
- Call a professional. Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford’s tick control eliminates ticks that may be carriers of Lyme Disease and a danger to your family and pets.