While we wrote about the dangers of tick-borne disease in the Carolina’s and the types of ticks that transmit them a few weeks back, we did not have direct local cases to site for this season. Until now. Tick-borne disease is at our back door, now is the time to take precautions.
A case of Lyme Disease, a case of Ehrlichiosis and two probable cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported in Onslow County, near Jacksonville NC. While this summer, many of you have called to have Mosquito Squad control the mosquitoes and fleas in your yard, few have mentioned ticks. We are concerned that you are underestimating the dangers of tick-borne disease in Wilmington and the dangers of tick-borne disease in Myrtle Beach.
Ticks in Myrtle Beach
While West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are spread by mosquitoes and are also very dangerous, they are just not as common as tick-borne disease. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Ehrlichiosis are dangerous and sometimes deadly tick-borne diseases. These diseases can seem like the flu at first and many times treatment is delayed or never sought after because the patient has no idea they were even bitten by a tick.
Ticks in Wilmington
Ticks are tiny. They don’t fly up and bother you before they land and bite. Ticks simply climb on you as you walk by and then quickly travel up your body, often to a hidden location behind your knee, near your groin or on your midsection. If you don’t intentionally look for them, you probably won’t find them. Tick bites are painless and unless you become ill you may never even know you were bit by one.
Avoiding ticks and tick bites is your best prevention of tick-borne disease
Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the smart thing to do when it comes to preventing Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis & Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Don’t give up your outdoor living, instead take some precautions to lower your exposure to ticks while outside. Start in your yard where you spend the most outdoor time by adding flea & tick protection to your mosquito control service from Mosquito Squad of Wilmington or Mosquito Squad of Grand Strand. With our tick control treatment and your diligence in following the 6 C’s of tick-proofing your yard, you can have the outdoor lifestyle you want without worrying about dangerous ticks.
By adding flea & tick control to our traditional barrier spray we can eliminate up to 90% of the ticks in your back yard.