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The Lyme Disease Foundation and your pest control specialists at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions would like you to know that May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. This campaign was put in place to promote preventative measures that fight the spread of Lyme disease, a disease that begins with fever, fatigue, headache and skin rash, but can lead to severe medical problems.

Tick hosts

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. The tick most responsible for the spread of this disease is the deer tick. This is a tiny eight-legged bug that can travel on a large animal like a moose or deer. Or, catch a ride on something small like a squirrel or a bird.

Preventative measures

If you plan on traveling to a wooded area, consider the following tips.

  • Wear something protective around your ankles.

  • Wearing light or white clothing can help you see ticks when they get on you.

  • Tuck your shirt into your pants.

  • Pull your socks up over your pants.

  • Insect repellent can help deter ticks from biting you

  • If you have a pet, make sure to check it before going back into your house.

  • If you have children, check around their ears, on their hairline and on their ankles.

When ticks are found

When traveling in the woods, consider carrying a tick removal kit. It takes 24-48 hours for a tick to pass enough Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium to cause Lyme disease. Catching ticks early and removing them can prevent the disease. If you don't have a kit, use insect repellent, tweezers and some antiseptic. If using tweezer, be sure to get the tips of the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, to remove the ticks mouth parts.

Home protection

To minimize the risk of contracting Lyme disease in or around your home, partner with your St. Louis tick control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. And, spread the word about this dangerous disease. Awareness is the first step to fighting back.

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