Checking for ticks when camping or hiking in wooded areas is a great habit to get into. It helps you and your loved ones avoid the possibility of getting Lyme disease, especially as ticks are so prevalent in Massachusetts this time of year. Ticks are very small arachnids that are great at hiding and can easily go unnoticed. Ticks survive on the blood of mammals and not only latch onto humans but also pets, livestock, wild animals and sometimes even reptiles. Ticks carry a variety of dangerous diseases; however Lyme disease is the most dangerous illness that a tick can infect a human with.
Ticks Thrive in Heavily Forested Areas
Heavily forested areas are an excellent place for ticks to survive and multiply. They require a certain amount of moisture in the air to undergo metamorphosis, so most humid climates are an excellent environment for ticks to live in. Ticks have been known to wipe out entire herds of local livestock by the transmission of the many diseases that they carry. As long as ticks have humidity to remain hydrated and a high number of hosts to feed on, they will thrive within that environment and pose a greater threat to local residents.
Lyme Disease Transmitting Tick Bites
It is when an infected tick bites a person that Lyme disease is successfully spread from tick to human. Normally, the tick must be attached to a human for thirty six to forty eight hours before the bacteria can be spread. This emphasizes the importance of checking for ticks immediately after an outdoor activity that takes place in a heavily wooded area or any other place that ticks are known to be present. A tick bite that has redness around it is one of the first signs of infection. This redness continues for about a week after the initial bite. The rash is not normally painful or itchy; however the infected host may experience severe headaches and fever as well as feel lethargic.
Tick Prevention for Humans
Take the initiative against ticks by following these simple steps:
– Wear long pants while out hiking or camping
– Use effective bug sprays that have been proven to assist in the deterrent of ticks
– Inspect your body for ticks after any camping or other outdoor activity where ticks may be present.
Complete Tick Removal
If you do find a tick on your body, it is important that you remove the entire tick. Often times when people have attempted to remove a tick, they tear the body from the head; which then remains stuck in the host. Tweezers can be used to remove ticks; however, be sure you get the entire tick out. If your property is heavily infested with ticks, contact Dave’s Pest Controlfor professional tick extermination and protect you and your family from their harmful and infectious bites.