The month of May is full of special holidays and celebrations. May is National Barbeque month, Date Your Mate month, National Blood Pressure month, and of course Lyme Disease Awareness Month. While the first three monthly celebrations may give you a chuckle, Lyme Disease Awareness should instead serve as a stoic reminder about the potentially debilitating disease and side effects that can have a life long effect.
Lyme Disease is growing in numbers across the United States. The last published report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show South Carolina’s confirmed cases of Lyme in 2012 were higher than in previous years. Lyme Disease is carried by the blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick, and most easily contracted during the months of May, June and July. The disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans, as well as our dogs and cats, through the bite of an infected tick.
Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to remind you to take the potential risk of Lyme Disease seriously. There is no way to know if a tick is infected unless it is tested but with any tick bite, proper and prompt removal is important. Although the red “bulls-eye” rash is the most common and noticeable symptom of Lyme Disease, other symptoms may surface within a few hours to a few days of a bite and include fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. If left untreated, additional neurological symptoms may present themselves.
The best way to avoid contracting Lyme Disease is by avoiding ticks. Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help keep you and your family away from ticks with our two-step tick control and prevention treatment. The first line of defense comes from our barrier spray treatment that is applied to the vegetation in your yard. The barrier spray eliminates ticks (and mosquitoes) on contact. The spray binds to the vegetation for up to 21 days thereby eliminating future ticks and mosquitoes that land on the leaves. It also creates a virtual barrier around your property to keep additional ticks and mosquitoes from entering. We then follow up with our Mosquito Squad tick tubes.The tick tubes contain treated cotton that effectively targets the younger nymph ticks that are residing in rodent’s dens when the cotton is taken back to the nest. This two-step process will effectively eliminate up to 90% of ticks on your treated property.
Mosquito Squad of Greenville is your Greenville tick control and prevention company. We are dedicated to keeping you, your family and pets safe from ticks and the diseases they can transmit. If you’d like to begin your proactive protection throughout the season, give us a call at (864) 362-2013 or visit our Mosquito Squad of Greenville website.