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What You Need to Know about Lyme Disease

Every single year, around 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease. In 2020, however, experts estimate that there will be around 427,000 new cases diagnosed! At Greenix Pest Control, our experts are passionate about maintaining your safety. This Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we are doing our part to spread awareness and fight back against this complex disease. Read on to learn more about this disease and how we can help you protect your family against ticks that carry it.  

What Is Lyme Disease?  

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can affect any organ of the body, including the nervous system, heart, and brain. People of all ages can contract this disease most commonly spread by deer ticks. Because symptoms of this disease are so similar to those of many other diseases, misdiagnosis is quite common, which allows the disease to progress unchecked. Delayed diagnosis and treatment can result in a permanent impact on a patient’s health.  

How Do People Get Lyme Disease? 

Most people contract Lyme disease after being bitten by immature ticks, which are approximately the size of a poppy seed. Because of their small size, many people aren’t aware that they’ve been bitten, and ticks may remain attached to their skin, feeding on them for days. The longer a tick feeds on a person, the higher their chances are of contracting Lyme disease. In most cases, a tick must be attached to the skin for at least 24 hours in order to pass along the disease. It is also possible for a pregnant woman with Lyme disease to pass it to her unborn child.    

What Are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease? 

As stated previously, Lyme disease mimics other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of this disease range from mild to debilitating depending on the progression of the disease.  

Early Lyme Disease  

Early Lyme disease symptoms are very similar to those of the flu.  

These include

  • Fever  

  • Headache 

  • Nausea  

  • Fatigue 

  • Sweats  

  • Chills  

  • Muscle pain 

  • Joint pain  

  • Neck pain 

  • Sleep issues  

  • Bell’s palsy  

If you notice these signs soon after being in a tick environment, it is imperative that you seek medical assistance immediately. Catching and treating Lyme disease early on can prevent you from facing lifelong complications.  

Chronic Lyme Disease  

Failing to diagnose and properly treat Lyme disease early on can result in chronic Lyme disease. Late-stage Lyme disease is complex and can impact a person’s health for the rest of their life.  

Symptoms of chronic Lyme disease include

  • Persistent swollen glands  

  • Sore throat  

  • Fever  

  • Joint pain or swelling  

  • Back pain 

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or cramps  

  • Confusion 

  • Twitching of the face or other muscles  

  • Speech errors  

  • Tremor  

  • Seizures 

  • Headache 

  • Light sensitivity  

  • Facial paralysis  

  • Fatigue 

  • Decreased hearing 

  • Neck pain 

  • Insomnia  

  • Unexplained weight loss or gain 

  • Night sweats 

  • Depression  

This list is not exhaustive. To view a more comprehensive list of symptoms, developed by Dr. Joseph Burrascano, click here.  

How to Avoid Tick Bites 

For the last 25 years, the number of Lyme disease cases has been on the rise. The very best way to protect yourself against this disease, and other tick-borne illnesses, is to avoid spending time in tick habitats. Ticks can be found in tall grass, leaf litter, fallen logs, piles of wood, and in bushes. If you are in a tick habitat, its best to stay on a clear path rather than walking through grass.  

If avoiding tick habitats is not an option, there are other things you can do to protect yourself.  

To protect yourself, take the following precautions:  

  • Dress smart: When you go out, wear light-colored long sleeves, pants, thick socks, close-toed shoes, and a hat. Lighter clothing enables you to spot ticks much easier. It is also recommended that you either purchase clothing that has been treated with permethrin (an effective repellent) or purchase permethrin and spray your clothes with it.  

  • Wear repellent: Applying EPA-approved tick repellant—such as DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oils—to your skin is an effective way to keep ticks away.  

  • Protect your pets: Dogs and cats are other common tick hosts. Be sure to inspect your beloved pets for ticks often, and reach out to your local veterinarian to learn more about tick treatment for animals.  

  • Check your body and clothing: It is important to always thoroughly check your clothing and your skin for ticks. Brush away any ticks found on your clothing and remove any ticks from your skin right away.  

  • Use the dryer: By throwing your clothing into the dryer for approximately 10 minutes, you can kill any ticks that have found their way there.  

  • Take a shower: Showering as soon as you get home allows to you carefully inspect your body for ticks and wash away any ticks from your skin. It is important to check all parts of your body, including armpits, the groin, scalp, and back of the knees.  

  • Hire a professional: Bringing in an expert pest control team to help eliminate ticks from your property is one of the best ways to protect you and your family.  

How Greenix Pest Control Can Help 

The team here at Greenix is passionate about keeping you and your family safe. Lyme disease is a complex, harmful disease and we are doing our part to fight against it. Prevention can go a long way, and luckily, our professionals know exactly how to treat your home and your property for ticks that carry Lyme disease.  

Our service professionals offer a multi-step, EPA-registered tick, flea, and mosquito treatment that is guaranteed to result in an 85-90% reduction of these pests from your property!  

Our multi-step program is as follows

  • Initial treatment: During this first appointment, we thoroughly treat your yard for ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes, effectively laying the groundwork for lasting protection.  

  • 30-day follow up: A month after your first treatment, your service professional will arrive to assess the progress of our treatment, make any necessary adjustments, and perform the first quarterly treatment.  

  • Recurring service: Your service professional will continue to treat your property every 90 days to ensure your property is protected long term.  

We know pest control so you don’t have to. Reach out to us and allow us to make your life that much easier by providing unparalleled pest control treatment and customer care.  

To learn more about how Greenix Pest Control can protect your family against ticks, give us a call at (888) 800-7181. We look forward to hearing from you!