It’s Tick Season Again!

As the weather warms up and we all spend more time outside enjoying our yards and gardens, be on the look out for ticks!

Ticks carry a variety of diseases, including Lyme’s disease. It’s a bacterial infection spread by tick bites, especially if the tick has been attached for more than 24 hours. Remember, check yourself and your wee ones for ticks when you come back inside every day! It really makes a difference.

These black-legged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, a...

These black-legged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles. Black-legged ticks, I. scapularis are known to transmit Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans and animals during feeding, when they insert their mouth parts into the skin of a host, and slowly take in the nutrient-rich host blood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article popped up on my Facebook newsfeed: Lyme Disease: Signs, Treatment and Prevention – NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. 🙂 It inspired me to write about this topic!

Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent among tick-borne diseases. Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and be vigilant about checking for ticks! Also, if you find a tick, be sure you remove the tick in its entirety–including the head. Some redness is normal, but a ring or bullseye that forms around the bite should be checked out.

Other syptoms of Lyme’s disease include fever, chills, fatigue, and headaches. If you feel like you’re catching the flu, it might be a good idea to look for ticks and head to the doctor for a checkup. Lyme’s disease can have life-long consequences if it’s not treated early!

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Here at my farm, we have TONS of ticks! I check myself, my kids, and my animals daily for ticks. Have you seen any ticks yet this year?

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About Genevieve

Genevieve is a southern gal who loves to write. She is a graduate of Everest College with an AAS in Criminal Investigations. Currently, she works as a freelance writer and volunteers for Central Virginia Horse Rescue by writing their monthly newsletter. If she's not writing, you can bet she's either spending time with friends and family, playing with the horses, crafting, or reading. Interested in having a guest blog appearance? Email sunshineleo05@gmail.com to get in touch! P.S. Subscribe by RSS feed if you are interested in following her creative insanity... ;)

Posted on May 30, 2013, in Spring and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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