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May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

As if we didn't have enough to worry about with the Coronavirus; now, we need to worry about a hint of Lyme. May is when we start to not only see ticks on yards and gardens but also when we hear about deer tick diseases such as Lyme Disease - a disease that can affect both people and pets. Here is what you need to know this Lyme Disease Awareness Month:

There are over 850 tick species in the world; but 90 types of ticks are found in the United States. While not all ticks carry diseases, Lyme Disease is the most recognizable tick disease that affects over 300,000 Americans each year commonly discovered on deer ticks. Deer are the most common carriers of ticks in North America - the ones to blame for the spread of ticks with diseases. (Although, the Lyme bacterium is actually found on the white-footed mouse.)

It is important to perform a thorough tick check before coming inside the house from the garden. Ticks are mostly found on the body around the ankles or arms. Wear bright colors to easily spot ticks and know how to safely remove a tick, if needed. For pets, ticks can be found buried underneath fur along the ankles, collar and tail. 

For tick disease prevention, it is recommended to install a deer fence around lawns and gardens to reduce the sight of deer that may drop deer ticks on the yard. A 7.5 to 8' feet high deer fence system is best.

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Tick Disease Concern In Fall

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New Tick Species Discovered In Pennsylvania

A new invasive tick species was just found in Pennsylvania for the first time.According to our partners at the Trib, recent testing found a deer that had an Asian longhorn on it in Centre County, where Penn State is.This particular species is tough to tell apart from others.As the name suggests, they have horns, but [...]

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Deerbusters' "Tick Talk" With Dr. Daniel Cameron

Deerbusters sat down with Daniel Cameron, MD. to discuss the dangers of ticks and Lyme Disease. We met with him at his medical practice in Mt. Kisco, NY.  Watch what he has to say about tick disease: Dr. Daniel Cameron, MD, MPH, is a nationally recognized leader for his expertise in the diagnosis and treatment [...]

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Deer Ticks Bite Pets

Pets like to interact with wild animals, lizards and even stray dogs and cats; but aside from personal differences, wildlife can harm domestic animals in other ways. Wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, can carry ticks with tick-borne diseases; and when deer walk onto properties, there is a chance that deer ticks can drop onto pets and [...]

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Worst States Reporting Ticks

March is the start of tick season; and as such, there is the threat of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. There are many types of ticks throughout the United States; but the most heard about ticks are the Lone Star Tick and the Eastern Blacklegged Tick - often found feeding on white-tailed deer, pets [...]

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Say Goodbye To Ticks In Spring. Here's How.

March is the start of tick season; and as gardeners are planning what flowers and vegetables to plant this spring, the concern over ticks and tick diseases has popped into our minds.Often, we wonder how ticks get from the woods/grass to our bodies and our pets. But, the more we spend outdoors, the more it [...]

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Why Build Deer Fence?

Deer Fencing, it's not only used to rid deer from gardens. There is more to it than just deer exclusion. Building deer fence also reduces the risk of ticks often carried by deer. Because Spring is the start of tick season, a deer fence is advised for homeowners to install in the backyard. Tick bites can [...]

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