When someone is suffering from a fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, joint aches and a red bulls-eye like rash., take the symptoms seriously. These indications may be signs of a tick-borne illness, such as Lyme disease.
If you work outdoors either for your job or just around the yard at home, chances are good that you have already pulled a tick from yourself or from a pet this year. While ticks are not as annoying as mosquitoes or black flies, their bites can be more threatening to your health if the tick has transmitted bacteria that causes illnesses like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.
Ticks don't fly or jump. They grad hold of their hosts from blades of grass, leaves or abundant leaf litter, then climb to find a suitable place to feed.
To prevent tick borne illnesses:
- Wear light colored clothing
- Wear long pants and tuck your pants into your socks
- Wash and dry clothing, as ticks can't survive and hour in a hot dryer
- Carefully inspect the body and remove any attched ticks
- Carefully inspect your pets and remove ticks
- Use repellents
The most important steps in preventing tick-borne illnesses, especially if you work in the woods or areas with hight tick populations, are self-inspection and early removal. However, if you see signs of tick-borne illnesses, take these warnings seriously and seek the advice of a physician. Early removal of a tick, within 24 hours of attachment, can dramatically reduce the chance of Lyme disease, accoding to the Center for Disease Control.