Lyme Disease Awareness

Lyme Disease Awareness

by Lee & Hollie Woodham,
Owner of Mosquito Joe
Northwest DFW

Ticks arrive in our area before mosquitoes, so it’s a good idea to have a plan in place for elimination and prevention. Ticks sit on the tips of grass and shrubs while waiting for hosts. When brushed by a moving animal or person, ticks quickly climb onto the host. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly to the skin, feed slowly and may go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time while feeding.

Awareness about ticks and important prevention techniques can assist in reducing your family’s exposure and the health risks they carry. Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually.

Here are a few tips to help protect you and your family from ticks:

  • Keep grass mowed, trees trimmed and remove excessive leaf litter.
  • Keep pets out of thickly wooded areas where tick activity is higher.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when walking in wooded and heavy grassy areas.
  • Remove shoes and wash clothing promptly after coming inside.
  • Bathe or shower right after spending time outdoors and conduct a full-body tick check using a mirror to see hard to reach places such as the underarms, belly button, behind the knees and on the scalp.
  • Place a barrier of cedar chips or gravel between your lawn, patio, and play equipment and any wooded areas. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.
  • Check pets for ticks daily and remove them as soon as possible if one is present. Pets can carry ticks inside homes as they hide in their fur.
  • Protect pets by reaching out to your local veterinarian.
  • Consult a professional if and when the need arises.

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