When Ticks Attack

27 Jun 2016

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You know that bugs can be disturbing, if their mission is to bite you and drink your blood they become much more than disturbing. You can find ticks throughout America. Here in California we have several species which will gladly bite humans including; the American Dog Tick, the Brown Dog Tick, and the Western Blacklegged tick. If you are bit by a tick, biggest problem with their bites are the diseases that can be transmitted. Bull’s Eye Pest Control wants you to be safe from ticks this summer.

Potential Illnesses from Ticks

  • Anaplasmosis: If not treated, this sickness can be fatal. Anaplasmosis is caused by a bacterium that comes from the western Blacklegged tick. When you get bit, bacteria are transferred from the tick into your body and symptoms occur 1-2 weeks after being bit. If you contract the illness you may experience fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, abdominal pain, nausea, confusion and a cough.
  • Lyme disease: You have probably heard stories about Lyme disease, the last thing you ever want to do is avoid treatment. Untreated, Lyme disease can have a wide range of symptoms, which are different depending on the person. The trademark bull’s eye rash only occurs in 70% of people. If you get bit by a tick and you don’t see the bull’s eye rash look for the other symptoms which may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, swollen knee joints, facial palsy, and problems with short term memory.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever: If you get bit by the American Dog Tick or the Brown Dog Tick there is a chance you can get Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). The disease often begins with the sudden onset of a fever and headache. Other symptoms may include; nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, red eyes, muscle pain, and abdominal pain. The spotted rash occurs 2-5 after the fever, but there are causes where you might never see the rash. RMSF is serious because it can be life-threatening if not treated within the first 8 days.
  • The best defense is prevention

    The best way to avoid getting tick borne illnesses is to avoid getting bit. Before you decide to never leave the house to enjoy outdoor activities, keep reading. If you are going to be in an area that has ticks take a few precautions. Ticks hang out on grass or shrubbery with their arms outstretched, if you walk past, they will latch on. Ticks always climb upwards that is how you are going to keep them off of your skin. First, keep your pants tucked into your socks. Next you can purchase a flap that goes around your waist and over your pants. This flap will prevent ticks from walking above your waist the flap tricks them because ticks do not walk downward. When you can, perform a tick check. Use a mirror and check every part of your body and don’t forget your hair. If you find one remove it by using tweezers. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it out. If you have ticks in your yard, a call to Bull’s Eye Pest Control will eliminate the problem.

    Bull’s Eye Pest Control
    41725 Elm Street #403
    Murrieta, CA 92562
    (951) 461-8889
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