At Rottler, we understand the threat that ticks pose. Each year, it seems like tick-related diseases are getting worse. There was a time when Lyme disease and red meat allergy weren't even known to be an issue. So we have put quite an emphasis on educating people about tick-borne illnesses and tick prevention, as is the case with this recent guide to tick prevention. Now, let's take a closer look at some of the many ways tick illness can affect a family.
In families, it is usually kids and pets that get hit hardest by ticks. This is because dogs, cats, and kids play in locations where ticks tend to hide, such as in tall grass on the edge of a property, in shaded locations in landscaping, and in shady spots under exterior structures. This can bring ticks--and the diseases they carry--right into your home.
Tick illnesses can be as simple as a rash or as complex as lifelong medical complications. And some diseases that are spread by tick can influence both humans and furry family members.
The list of diseases associated with ticks is quite long. As mentioned above, Lyme disease and the red meat allergy (also referred to as alpha-gal allergy) are the most well-known. This is because these two diseases are incurable if they aren't caught early and treated properly.
Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed because it shares symptoms with many other diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and multiple sclerosis-- to name a few. The diseases named will also give you an idea of what kinds of symptoms you can expect from Lyme disease.
Those who develop alpha-gal allergy can experience many symptoms including a runny nose, congestions, sneezing, asthma, diarrhea, nausea, hives, and anaphylaxis. This occurs when food that contains alpha-gal are eaten.
Some lesser known illnesses spread by ticks are Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), tularemia, Powassan disease, Heartland virus, Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, rickettsiosis, and more. Each of these come with their own set of symptoms, many of which cross over, such as fever, rash, and headaches.
For long-term protection of family and pets, it is best to bring a professional on board. A pest management professional can help to directly target and reduce ticks and give you protection from rodents which can bring ticks into your home and spread them around.
If you live in Ashland, or somewhere in our extensive Missouri service area, let Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions assist you with industry-leading residential pest control. Give us a call to schedule your free inspection.