Above Average Precipitation Will Bring More Ticks To Maryland This Summer
The warm weather of summer brings people out of their homes and into the great outdoors. From hiking the nature trails to a simple walk through the woods, there’s nothing quite like enjoying the open air. Unless, however, you pick up a tick along the way.
Sources are predicting an above average population for ticks in Maryland, which is likely to keep our Glen Burnie tick control service busy. Though temperatures will remain average, more precipitation will lead to their growth. Residents should be extra diligent when heading outdoors this summer to reduce exposure.
Always Check And Then Remove
Ticks can live in the woods, but they can also hang out in grassy areas, including your backyard. You can pick up a tick without even knowing that they’ve latched on to your body, so it’s important to do a tick check on everyone in the family, including your pets, whenever you get back inside.
If you do find a tick, don’t panic. Simply remove it with a set of fine-tipped tweezers. Grab onto the tick and pull straight up with steady, even pressure. Once the tick is out, clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
Know About Types And Diseases
Though Lyme disease is commonly associated with ticks, there are different diseases that different species can carry.
Not every single tick on the planet will carry a disease, but it’s better to know what you’re up against should you start feeling unwell after pulling one from your skin.
In Maryland, the following ticks are commonly found, along with the diseases they can carry:
• American dog tick – Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever
• Blacklegged or deer ticks – Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Powassan virus disease, and anaplasmosis.
• Brown dog tick – Rocky Mountain spotted fever
• Gulf Coast tick – Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis (a form of spotted fever)
• Lone star tick – Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii (which cause human ehrlichiosis), Heartland virus, tularemia, and STARI.
Be Leery Of Lyme With Glen Burnie Tick Control Service
There were 1,194 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Maryland in 2017, as well as 697 probable cases. Lyme disease often starts with flu-like symptoms (headache, fever, fatigue) and a rash that looks like a bulls-eye. If left untreated, Lyme can spread to the joints, heart, and nervous system. It’s important to see your doctor if you’ve been bitten by a tick, or if you think that you’ve been infected.
If ticks are a problem in or around your home, don’t wait for them to find you for a feast. Contact our Glen Burnie tick control service to help.