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Rose Is Recognizing May As Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Rose Pest Solutions, a longtime pest control company proudly serving Troy, Lansing, Grand Rapids and all of Michigan, wants you to be aware of the dangers associated with the bite of a Black Legged tickMay is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and with warmer temperatures finally here, before you and your family venture out this spring, there are a few precautions you can take to help protect yourselves from this disease.

What Are Black Legged Ticks?

The Black Legged ticks, also known as a deer ticks, are small, oval insects that typically feed on the blood of wild animals, such as mice, raccoons and deer.  They do not jump or fly; they wait patiently on long blades of grass and in weeds for an unsuspecting victim to walk by and then attach themselves.  These blood-sucking insects are currently being found in most counties of Western Michigan and are rapidly moving inland.  Although there are several diseases associated with the bite of ticks, the deer tick is the only one to carry Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne disease.

Initial symptoms of Lyme disease affect everyone differently (which is why it is often misdiagnosed) but often include flu-like symptoms such as:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • A red rash

  • Muscle aches

  • Joint pain

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue and weakness

How Can I Protect Myself?

Although it’s impossible to fully prevent ticks on your property, here are a few things you can do to make your backyard less appealing to ticks.  

  • Keep your lawn mowed

  • Cut back trees and shrubs from your yard

  • Construct a fence that will keep tick-carrying wildlife out

  • Clean up any brush and yard debris that may harbor ticks

  • Do not purposefully feed wild animals

  • Remove foliage that may attract wild animals such as azaleas and crabapple trees

By creating a tick free zone around your home, inspecting family members and pets after they’ve been outside and arming yourself with facts about ticks you can help protect your family and pets this spring and summer. 

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