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Preventing Lyme Disease in Montgomery County

To prevent Lyme Disease in Montgomery County Maryland it is important to be well informed on what to look for and what steps you can take to prevent Lyme Disease. With an increase in tick population comes an increase in Lyme Disease, especially on the east coast. While Lyme Disease is not the only tick-borne disease you can catch here in Montgomery County (Anaplasmosis, Babesisosis and Ehrlichiosis can be found in the area), it is the most common.

It is critical to protect your family, your friends and your pets by limiting their exposure to the deer tick in your Kensington yard. Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery can eliminate 85-90% of ticks in your yard all season long. Using our traditional barrier spray, we start at the perimeter of your property and work our way in, paying special attention to shady cool hiding spots where ticks like to hang out. By eliminating ticks on contact our tick spray works quick on the ticks already in your yard and continues to work for up to 3 weeks with our time-released formula. With the addition of tick tubes two times a year we can eliminate larval and nymph ticks (the smallest and hardest to avoid) while they are still nesting with rodents on your property. Eliminating ticks in your yard is the best way to prevent Lyme Disease.

We understand that all of your outdoor activities can’t possibly exist within the confines of your lovely treated North Potomac yard. When you plan to go out hiking, camping, or to an untreated area, it is key that you know about Lyme Disease prevention. First off keep your skin covered with long sleeves, pants and socks. Wearing light colored clothes is a good trick that allows you to see ticks easily so that you can remove them. Ticks can’t bite through clothing, so if you keep a lint roller in your pack you can remove them very easily. Always check yourself from head to toe as soon as you go inside. It takes 24 hours or more for an infected tick to infect you, so if you find it right away and remove it you will lower your risk for Lyme Disease significantly. Always use pointy tweezers to gently remove a tick, it’s the safest way. If a tick happens to bite you know what to look for in regards to Lyme Disease symptoms.

Lyme Disease in Maryland

A bacterial infection transmitted by the common deer tick, Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne disease. Adult ticks live in tall grass, leaf piles, wooded areas, thick underbrush and along the bases of fences and walls. Nymph (teenage) deer ticks can be as small as a grain of coffee and also transmit Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease symptoms vary and can include fatigue, fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain and swollen lymph nodes. A bulls-eye rash occurs in about 70-80% of Lyme Disease cases. This rash occurs at the site of the tick bite within 3-30 days and is a red, expanding rash that looks similar to a target. If left untreated the infection my spread to other parts of the body with symptoms that come and go. These longer term symptoms are sometimes called Chronic Lyme Disease and can include: Bell’s Palsy (facial paralysis), severe headaches and a stiff neck due to meningitis, pain and swelling in large joints, shooting pains, heart palpitations and dizziness due to a change in the heartbeat (Lyme Carditis). According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many of these symptoms will resolve on their own over time, but if they go un-diagnosed or left untreated they can lead to further complications and even death.

What is the treatment for Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is treated with oral antibiotics. If it is caught early and antibiotics are used properly, recovery is usually fast and complete. There are some patients with cardiac or neurological illnesses that may require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotic treatment.

Chronic Lyme Disease in Maryland

Approximately 5% of untreated Lyme Disease patients will develop chronic neurological complaints including numbness, tingling and shooting pains in the feet or hands and problems with short-term memory loss. Sixty percent will experience recurring arthritis and some can may experience Bell’s Palsy. Approximately 10-20% of patients who have been treated for Lyme Disease will experience long lasting symptoms such as joint pain, cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Known as Post-treatment Lyme Disease syndrome (PTLDS) or Chronic Lyme Disease there is no cure for this. The CDC recommends you work with your doctor during this time as they can help you manage the symptoms.

Preventing Lyme Disease and Preventing other Tick-borne Illnesses Requires Diligence

Lowering your risk for Lyme Disease means limited your exposure to ticks and tick bites. You can’t control the tick population in parks, trails and public recreational areas, but you can protect yourself and your family on your own property. In addition to Mosquito Squad’s tick control service make sure you are getting additional protection by following the 6 C’s of tick-proofing your yard.

The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your Yard

1. Clear Out

Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic areas.

2. Clean

Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow your grass regularly and keep the lawn short.

3. Choose plants

Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places

Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. The base of fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Care for family pets

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick medication. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call in the pros

Our Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery professionals utilize both barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes” that effectively eliminate nymph ticks.

Contact us to sign up today by giving us a call at (301) 444-5566 to sign up for your tick protection.

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