It is summertime, and that means Americans will have more time to get outside, and that may seem more important than ever after having spent so much time inside due to the pandemic.
Likely, you could still catch other illnesses, including diseases like Covid-19, when you are out in nature. Some of those diseases are transmitted by ticks, tiny insects that transmit a variety of diseases.
The Tick Season Has Begun! Here Is What You Should Know
It has been documented that ticks do not fly, but they can cause illness in some cases. Keep your family safe by following these tips this summer.
Illnesses caused by ticks
The ticks that carry Lyme disease are responsible for spreading it. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most significant prevalence of the disease is found in the Midwest and Northeast.
It usually takes three to thirty days for symptoms to appear following a tick bite. You may feel fatigued and have chills, a fever, headache, joint pain, and muscle pain. About 70% to 80% of infected patients will get the rash, which usually looks like a bull’s-eye.
These are among the conditions transmitted by ticks, in addition to Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, and Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis. Species of these birds can also be found in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tick activity is at its peak between April and September. Then, they can latch onto you if you brush them past whatever is resting on them. Grassy areas, shrub-covered areas, and wooded areas are their habitats. When hiking, for instance, it is a good idea to walk in the middle of the path.
Furthermore, you can also use insect repellents that are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, such as picaridin, DEET, IR3535, oil of lemon, 2-undecanoate, eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol.
You should check the fabric of your clothes and skin when you come inside after getting outside for ticks. You should tumble-dry clothing on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on clothing that hasn’t been washed. You should use hot water when washing your clothes.
Check the entire body, including under the arms, around your ears, inside the belly button, inside the backs of the knees, around the hair, between the legs, and also around the waist.
When you or your children find a tick, remove it immediately. The tick should be grasped as close to the skin as you can with fine-tipped tweezers. Pull yourself straight up steadily. Once your hands, the affected area of your skin, and the tweezers have been disinfected, repeat the process. Your doctor should evaluate fever or rash following the removal of a tick.
Pets shouldn’t be forgotten; they are important.
There are diseases that can be transmitted to your pets by ticks. Tick bites are very common in dogs but may be difficult to detect.
Symptoms of tick-borne diseases typically do not appear for about one to three weeks after your dog has been bitten, the CDC says.
Apply pesticides outdoors, remove leaves and tall grass, place a 3-foot-wide wood chip or gravel barrier between your lawn and wooded areas, and store wood in a dry place to make sure the ticks don’t get inside.
Playgrounds, decks, and patios should be kept away from the tree, pond, and yard edges; fences can help keep out unwanted animals and clean up old furniture and trash; ticks cannot survive for long on older materials.