When you were a kid, you probably remember ticks being ugly and gross. Ticks were a big nuisance, if they attached themselves to you or your pet, but you probably do not remember being scared that they carried a serious, life threatening disease. That is because mostly they didn’t. The reports in the US of tick-borne disease has doubled since 2003 and tripled since 1995. Some of this is due to better science, awareness, and detection. But ticks are spreading. They are becoming more abundant and a much higher percentage of them are carrying diseases and scientists are not exactly sure why.
There are more than 14 different diseases that ticks in the US can carry. While mosquitoes are the most dangerous vectors of disease in the world, ticks are the most significant vectors of infectious diseases in the United States. This is because the United States has been able to eradicate many of the dangerous diseases that mosquitoes carry, but the diseases associated with ticks are becoming a fast growing problem.
The four most common illnesses transmitted by ticks in North Carolina are Rock Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and STARI.
All of these diseases have similar flu like symptoms and are frequently associated with a rash. Many times, though, a rash is not present and the disease goes undiagnosed because the person infected thinks they just have a bad cold or the flu. It is not until these symptoms persist and worsen that the infected individual seeks professional medical help.
Pets, too, can suffer from the dangers that come with a tick bite. Many of the illnesses that ticks can bring to humans also effect our four legged friends as well.
These are diseases can be just as serious and life threatening to our pets as they are to humans. There are some steps you can take at home and business properties to help control the tick population. Mosquito Squad call these tips the 6C’s:
Having an authority like Mosquito Squad come and treat your property to eliminate ticks helps to remove that worry of disease these nasty pests can bring. Call Mosquito Squad at 336.617.5268 for questions and information about our tick control services.
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