Deer Ticks & Lyme Disease; What Every Resident Needs To Know

Blacklegged Deer Tick

Sometimes dangerous things come in small packages. A tiny pill if filled with the right ingredients can kill an elephant. A single atom if split can create one of the most devastating explosions on earth. The smallest spark can spark up a wildfire in a forest. Today we are going to be talking about one tiny creature that is causing big problems for residents here in Longview, the blacklegged deer tick. Here is everything you need to know.

What Are Blacklegged Deer Ticks?

The blacklegged deer tick is a common species of tick found here in Longview. These prevalent tick threats are best known for their reddish-brown color and solid black dorsal shield. To identify females from male ticks, look at the size of this shield on their body. Females shields are much smaller only taking up about half of their back, where males shields take up nearly their entire back. Between the two, females are the only ones you have to worry about biting you.

While growing, blacklegged ticks will go through a few stages of development from larvae, to nymph to adulthood. Of these three stages, nymphs are most likely to spread diseases due to their small size and ability to drink blood for longer periods without being noticed. You are most likely to encounter nymphs between the months of May and August. Adults, on the other hand, tend to be more active during the fall time. One thing you should know about deer ticks is that they can survive through even coldest winter, though they are much less active in the colder months.

What Is Lyme Disease?

Ticks and Lyme disease have gone hand in hand for as far back as we can see. Here are some things you need to know about this dangerous disease as well as some tips you should put in place if you ever encounter ticks.

  • Lyme disease is a problem in all 50 states.
  • Children make up 25% of victims affected by Lyme disease.
  • Roughly 50% of people affected by Lyme disease will receive a bull’s eye rash on their skin.
  • Flu-like symptoms are common to see within a week of contracting Lyme disease.
  • Other symptoms include neck stiffness, jaw discomfort, muscle pain, swollen glands, cognitive confusion, memory loss, vision problems, digestive issues, joint aches, headaches, and fainting.
  • Health insurance does not typically cover Chronic Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is often mistaken for a number of other health problems such as Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and Bell's Palsy.) The best way to help doctors identify Lyme disease is by keeping ticks that have bitten you inside baggies in the freezer. If symptoms arise, bring the tick with you to the doctor. This will increase your chances of getting quick and effective treatment if it does turn out to be Lyme disease.

Make Your Property Less Attractive To Deer Ticks

Deer ticks love hiding in tall grass and around other thick plant growth. The more maintained you keep your yard, the less likely it is that ticks will be around. Another factor that can raise your yard’s chances of having tick problems is debris and clutter. Do your best to keep your yard clear of these things.

If you are looking for the most effective way to keep ticks off your Longview property, we have an option for you here at Innovative Pest Control. Our flea and tick control program is designed to repel ticks as they try to enter onto properties. This combined with flea and tick collars for your pets means you should never have to worry about tick problems ever again.

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