Humans and pets can obtain Lyme Disease. Yes, you heard that right. Lyme Disease, the most common tick-borne illness, is a very dangerous zoonotic disease that can turn life threatening just from a simple tick bite. The more we learn about the tick species and their relation to white-tailed deer, birds and the white-footed mouse, the more worried we become about the safety of our family members and pets when outside for extended periods of time.
Female ticks like to hide in forests and grassy areas, moist wetlands, in shrubs, and on tree limbs in the spring and summer months and survive by feeding on humans, pets and livestock for their next 'blood meal.' It's important to note that a tick does not die in the winter; but instead seeks shelter under leaves to find warmth and security. As long as temperatures remain above freezing (at 32 degrees Fahrenheit), tick bites remain a concern. Therefore, homeowners should not push logs or firewood too closely to homes to reduce the risk of a tick infestation. Mowing the grass regularly helps reduce the number of ticks on the lawn, as well.The most common detector of Lyme is by the formation of a red, rash of skin known as the 'Bull's Eye' mark. This marking usually occurs within the first 3-30 days after a tick bite. During that time, you may feel like you have a cold. (Click here to see Lyme Disease symptoms). If left untreated, tick-borne disease can occur and can cause serious, life-long health complications.
But, humans aren't the only ones suffering from tick-borne illnesses. Lyme Disease in dogs and cats occur on a regular basis; but the symptoms for each pet do not match one another. For dogs, they may feel run down; weak; and have a high fever. For cats, they only experience acute lameness; and although Lyme Disease in cats only lasts for a few days - unless weeks or months in dogs - the cats will deal with the effects of Lyme Disease just as much as dogs. This is why grooming pets regularly is important. Checking for ticks on pets should become part of the daily routine when playing with dogs and cats outside.
DeerFence.com encourages outdoor enthusiasts to do the following when gardening, hiking or camping:
- Wear bright long-sleeves shirts and pants to easily spot a tick;
- Apply insect and tick repellents when going outdoors, paying extra attention around the ankles. (Remember, ticks crawl from the ground up; but they do not fly or jump.)
- Carry a tick removal tool with you in the instance where you need to act quickly, but cautiously.
- Plant deer-resistance plants in the garden as a deer barrier.
Our tick tweezers and other tick remover products for sale on Deerfence.com are recommended for hikers, campers, gardeners and anyone who loves being outdoors. These easy to use tick control products for sale can fit inside a purse, pocket or on a key chain. By keeping these tools on-hand, homeowners and active individuals are reducing the threat of tick illnesses for themselves and their families.
With over 899 tick species crawling throughout the world, it's difficult not to be alarmed by the tick epidemic in the United States. Therefore, homeowners need to install yard fencing from DeerFence.com for tick disease prevention. In addition to a deer homeowners need to apply deer repellents and deer-resistant plants.