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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The month of May has been declared Lyme Disease Awareness Month, which is an effort to promote information regarding the preventative measures that can be taken to prevent people from getting infected by the disease. Lyme disease is an severe inflammatory disease characterized at first by a rash, and then flu-like symptons such as headache, fever, and chills, and later by possible arthritis and neurological and cardiac disorders. This is caused by bacteria that are transmitted by ticks, which is caused by the bite of a tick infected with a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is spread through the bite of ticks which transfer this specific type of bacteria to humans. Lyme disease is not contagious and cannot be transferred by human contact with another person. Lyme disease could potentially generate abnormalities in the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system.

The majority of people that become infected with Lyme disease will receive a rash called Erythema Chronicum Migrans, which usually will take the shape of a bull's eye. This will be one of the first indicators that a person has contracted the disease. Lyme disease is considered to be a mulch-systemic affliction and there are numerous symptoms that are identified with the onset of the disease. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Fever, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes

  • Facial or Bell's palsy (temporary paralysis of one side of your face)

  • Severe headaches and neck stiffness due to meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)

  • Unexpected back pain and Pain and inflammation of the large joints. Your knees are especially likely to be affected

  • Heart palpitations and dizziness due an irregular heartbeat

  • Twitching in facial muscles and other muscles of the body.

Over recent years, all areas of Connecticut have seen a consistent rise in the level of reported cases concerning Lyme disease. Lyme Disease Awareness month was spearheaded by The Lyme Disease Foundation in an effort to educate people about what exactly Lyme Disease is, and how to take preventative measures to protect yourself from getting infected. The greatest way to prevent yourself from getting infected with Lyme disease is stay away from the places where ticks inhabit, which are typically heavily forested areas with high levels of grass and bushes. However, if you enjoy the outdoors, it may be difficult for you to avoid such areas, so here is a list of other precautions you can take as you head into the great outdoors.

  1. Wear long pants and long sleeves. As you take a hike through the woods, it is recommended that you do not leave much of your skin exposed and even tuck your pants into your socks if possible. Attempt to stay on walkways that are clean of branches and high levels of grass. If you are walking your dog, keep him contained on a leash so he can avoid attracting ticks onto its body and then eventually bringing them into your house.

  2. Use tick repellent sprays. Tick spray that has a DEET concentration of twenty percent or higher can be very effective on fending off ticks. DEET is a brand of diethyltoluamide, which is a colorless oily liquid with a mild odor, that is utilized as an effective insect repellent. The majority of tick sprays can be dangerous if ingested to try to avoid applying the to areas near your eyes an mouth.

  3. Hire a tick spray and removal specialist to tick-proof your property. You can contact the Connecticut tick spray and removal specialists at Tick and Turf to create a tick-safe zone for your property by altering your landscape to increase sunlight and discouraging ticks and pests from infesting your lawn. We utilize both an organic tick spray and conventional tick spray approach to our tick removal services and are dedicated to providing the most environmentally protected service and yield the greatest results possible.

If your property is located in the vicinity of a heavily wooded area, then you are more susceptible to a tick infestation and ticks have more than likely already invaded your property. Animals such as deer, birds and squirrels transfer ticks into your landscape, and if you do not take preventative measures, the population of ticks will steadily rise on your property and so will the risk of you and your family getting infected with Lyme Disease.

Protect your family this summer with our Connecticut organic or traditional tick spray treatment and take full advantage of your property all season without any worries. You can entertain guests with an outdoor barbecue, relax by the pool, or play catch in the yard with your children, all while having the peace of mind that the deer tick population is under control and that no dangerous pesticides were utilized in the tick removal program. Tick and Turf are based in Southbury, Connectict and serve the Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield County, Connecticut area and beyond! Contact us today at 203-232-7285 to find out how you can immediately remove the threat of ticks on your property.

Tick and Turf offers tick spraying, full service landscaping, spring fertilization, deer repellent, tick & weed control, landscape design & maintenance, birch leaf miner, foliage sprays, deep root spraying, core aeration and much more to the following towns and surrounding areas in Connecticut: Southbury, Farifield, Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Westport, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Oxford, Roxbury, Brookfield, Danbury, New Haven, Milford, Bridgeport, Waterbury and beyond.

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