It’s that time of year, the weather is warming up and people are spending more time outdoors, especially turkey hunters. Turkey season will being soon here in Georgia, and the treat of tick-borne illnesses is on the rise. This article featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Turkey Country, explains what the Entomological Society of America calls the “perfect storm” describing the increase in ticks and tick-borne illnesses. The CDC has reported an alarming number of cases (three times the average) of Lyme disease, which is due to an increase in high-risk tick areas within the United States. Ticks can also transmit diseases and illnesses including Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Alpha Gal, Bartonellosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Powassan Virus.
Tick-borne illnesses can be prevented by utilizing repellents to keep ticks away. These repellents are best at preventing this when they contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. If you happen to encounter a tick and it attaches itself to your skin, be cautious when removing. It is imperative to remove the entire tick from your skin, as well as saving the tick just in case you start showing symptoms of one of the diseases mentioned above. Having the tick available will help in identifying your illness.
Our Vector Pest Program treats your yard not only for ticks, but also fleas and mosquitoes. If you’re experiencing problems with these pests, contact us today!