At All County Pest Control, we are eminently aware of the dangers posed by ticks. In fact, the critters are often carriers of Lyme disease, which can be easily passed on to humans. A study initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found the disease to be more widespread than previously thought. While Lyme disease infects about 300,000 people each year, only a fraction of these cases are ever reported to medical professionals.
The symptoms that are commonly associated with Lyme disease are most unpleasant. Many people experience fevers and headaches that last for several days. In some cases, rashes can develop around the bite area. While antibiotics will usually be able to eradicate the condition, preventative action is always the preferred choice. When allowed to linger, the disease can eventually lead to arthritis and other more serious issues.
If ticks are found on the skin, they should be carefully pulled off with tweezers. By grasping the insect close to the surface of the skin and pulling upward without using any torque, individuals should be able to remove the entire animal. Tweezers and other tools should be washed in rubbing alcohol to avoid infections going forward. Ticks should never be doused with chemicals or removed with other toxins. These are folkloric remedies that almost always do more harm than good.
If homeowners believe that their yards have become infested with ticks, they will need professional assistance as soon as possible. As experts, we can assess the situation and come up with a viable plan of action. Individuals will thus be able to avoid contracting Lyme disease. Concerned parties can call All County Pest Control for a free quote.