Tick prevention for the yard is needed when you live in CT. Now, if having the threat of Lyme disease wasn’t bad enough residents of the Northeast including CT have to worry about a disease called babesiosis. The reason tick prevention for the yard is needed is that this disease can be fatal. In fact, such a thing happened in Danbury Ct in 2016.
Babesiosis is spread by the bite of the black legged deer tick found in CT and the Northeast. The black legged deer tick as you know is also responsible for Lyme disease. The deer tick can be found in wooded areas including backyards, parks, gardens and certainly in the woods. However, most if not all deer ticks spend their time at the perimeter of yards where the transition from grass to woods occurs.
We all know tick prevention for the yard is important, but who is susceptible to this new disease? The answer is just about everyone. This disease can be spread by black legged ticks, blood transfusions and possibly mother to unborn child. The symptoms of the disease can be flu like as in the case of the deceased Danbury resident or in some cases there are no symptoms at all.
The babesiosis virus is diagnosed by a health professional who may suspect a tick born virus. There are special laboratories that can scan a blood sample to check and see if the parasite is present in red blood cells. Once the conformation is made then a treatment strategy can begin with appropriate drug therapies.
In the end ALL CT residents need to be aware of the dangers that are associated with deer ticks.
Here are a few simple things you can do when spending time in or around the woods.
- Do frequent tick checks
- Wear repellents
- Stay away from very dense vegation
- Tuck your pants into your socks
- See a doctor if you feel ill after a trip to the woods
Last, tick prevention for the yard involves keeping grass neatly mowed and regular yard treatments to areas ticks frequent.
The deer tick isn’t going anywhere, but if you prepare the outside can still be enjoyable.
If you or someone you know has a tick problem, please call Envirocare Pest Control at 1-888-879-6481. We can help.