3 Ways Lone Star Ticks Can Make You Sick

Posted by Mosquito Squad

December 20, 2023

Ticks are notorious for carrying and transmitting diseases to humans and animals, making them one of the most dangerous creatures around. Despite their tiny, non-threatening size, these spider relatives are a severe threat to our outdoor living experiences, as well as our health. Among the various species of ticks, Lone Star ticks have been responsible for causing several illnesses in humans. Here are three ways in which Lone Star ticks can make you sick:

The first disease a Lone Star tick can cause is called Alpha-gal syndrome, which is an allergy to red meat. This disease is caused by a molecule found in the saliva of the Lone Star tick that is very similar to a molecule found in red meat. Once bitten by the tick, a person's body develops an immune response to the molecule, which can then lead to an allergic reaction when red meat is consumed.

Another disease caused by Lone Star ticks is called STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness), which is similar to Lyme disease. It is caused by the bite of a lone star tick and can lead to a rash, fever, and fatigue. Like most tick-borne diseases, such illnesses can become chronic, so it is vital to keep ticks away to avoid costly (and potentially frequent) doctor visits.

The third disease is the Heartland virus, which is carried by Lone Star ticks and can cause fever, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms. Although the virus is rare, it can be serious and even fatal, especially for those with underlying medical conditions. No tick-borne disease should be taken lightly, and this is certainly one to avoid.

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Defending against tick-borne illnesses requires a multi-pronged approach. Mosquito Squad of Worcester can help you defend your property from ticks with our comprehensive tick control services. With the help of our tick barrier treatments and our highly trained technicians, we can guarantee a dramatic reduction in the tick population on your property. A good rule of thumb, no matter the defensive measures you’ve taken, is to check yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors. Ticks are everywhere, so a little extra caution never hurts!

By taking these precautions and working with Mosquito Squad of Worcester, you can reduce your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness and enjoy your time outdoors with peace of mind. Don’t take risks with your health. You can rely on Mosquito Squad of Worcester to defend your health and property with proven Charlton tick control. Give us a call at (508) 388-5640.

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