Tickborne Diseases to Watch For

A tick is an 8-legged bug that is related to spiders. They such the blood of animals in order to reproduce, often biting humans. Some ticks can transmit diseases, which cause illnesses in humans that must be treated to avoid complications or discomfort.

They can bite you anywhere but are attracted to areas that are moist, such as the underarms. They’re common throughout the world and the United States, so it’s likely that most people will run into one at some point in their lifetime.

Although not all ticks carry diseases, residential tick control decatur is recommended if you live near a densely wooded area so that the chances of getting bitten are lowered. There are several diseases ticks can carry, including Lyme disease,

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease develops when a tick bites a human and transmit a bacteria to them known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is most commonly spread by the deer tick, also known as a black-legged tick. These ticks pass on the bacteria after being latched on for more than 24 hours and symptoms can start in as little as 3 days from the development of the disease.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

This disease is spread by American dog ticks. They’re most active in areas east of the Rocky Mountains. Symptoms of this disease include rash, fever, muscle pain, and vomiting. RMSF can be deadly if treatment is not received as soon as possible.

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Colorado Tick Fever

A Rocky Mountain wood tick is responsible for the spread of Colorado tick fever and they are most active in higher altitudes. Symptoms include fever, aches, and fatigue; you can also develop a skin rash, pain the stomach, and vomit. Symptoms are usually mild and most people recover in a few weeks.

You can take measures to avoid ticks, but if you are bitten it is important to identify the type of tick and seek treatment.