Introduction to Lyme Disease
May 7, 2015
Ask any homeowner what pest they fear the most and you’ll likely get a long list of some of the most terrifying pests in Pennsylvania, including:
Don’t even Google Image Search the “House Centipede” either, as that pest will haunt your nightmares.
Pests can be scary. But despite these fears, the pest you may need to fear most is one you almost never see, that is usually no bigger than a pencil eraser and rarely steps foot inside of your home. That pest is a tick, and more specifically, the deer tick.
Why Fear the Deer Tick?
Deer Ticks are very small parasites that are loosely related to spiders. They latch onto your skin and feed on blood. They are also known carriers of Lyme disease – a dangerous disease that, if left untreated, can cause irreparable brain damage, and the onset of a variety of conditions including depression and anxiety.
Lyme disease is unique, in that the symptoms do not show up for days or weeks after the tick bite. Early symptoms resemble the flu, with fever, fatigue, and headache. One of the most telltale signs is a rash that resembles a bulls-eye, and can itch or be painful (but may not have any symptoms at all). The symptoms are not dangerous at this stage, but can be problematic.
However, over time the infection can get worse. It may lead to chronic symptoms in areas like the eye, brain, joints, and nerves. It can lead to terrible pain, depression (caused by brain damage), weakness, bladder problems, panic attacks (also caused by brain damage) and more.
Eliminating the Tick and Tick Bites
Ticks are everywhere, and controlling ticks around your home isn’t going to completely negate tick bite risk and Lyme disease. But you can decrease the number of ticks around your home with smart pest control strategies, and that’s especially important if you have kids or pets that may not be able to tell you when a tick bite has occurred.
Contact Green Pest Solutions today at 877-636-9469 to get help with your tick problems, and receive effective, quarterly pest control at prices you can afford.