With Lyme disease confirmed in all 50 United States, the need for tick control is becoming increasingly crucial. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through the bite of a tick. It is the most common tick-borne disease in the nation. While most people who receive a tick bite do not get the disease, it is still important to control and remove ticks from your yard.
Lyme disease is the most rampant in the Northeast states. All six New England states and Pennsylvania accounted for over 60% of positive Lyme disease test results in 2017. Pennsylvania ranks #1 in Lyme disease cases and had over 10,000 positive test results in 2017.
Unlike previous years where Lyme disease was isolated in the northeast, it has now spread across the United States. Both Florida and California saw the largest increase of positive test results in 2017. Numbers have begun to increase in other states across the United States, including Arizona, Georgia, and Texas.
Tick control is the most important way to prevent the spread of Lyme disease throughout the United States. While the odds of getting bit by a tick carrying Lyme disease is low, it is still important to take precautions. If you do get a tick bite, remove the tick immediate with tweezers or fine-tipped forceps. Afterwards, wash your hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water. If possible, try to keep and freeze the tick. A doctor may need to see the tick if you develop troublesome symptoms.
There are CDC approved tips and tricks to prevent the tick population in yards across America. Mowing the lawn frequently and clearing tall grasses near your house or on the end of your yard can help to control ticks. You can also prevent ticks by removing old furniture, mattresses, and trash where ticks often hide.
While Lyme disease is not fatal, it can cause many complications for those infected. The complications include rashes, fever, and irregular heartbeat. Even though Lyme disease is easily treatable, it can still cause months of anguish for those affected and ruin a family’s summer months.
Contact Viking Pest today to inquire about our Yard Guard services. We will control the tick population by treating your yard to effectively kill any ticks. With Yard Guard, you will be able to enjoy your yard again and not have to worry about Lyme disease.