- Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme Disease Awareness Month is an observance month in May that raises funds for research of Lyme, educational opportunities and organized events. Activists proclaim May to be Lyme Prevention and Awareness Month since May is the heart of tick season.
Ticks are tiny, sometimes smaller than a finger nail or a dime; and they can be undetected for several hours or days if tick-checks are not performed on yourself and your pets.
With over 900 tick species crawling throughout the world, it's easy enough for a tick to find a warm-blooded host to feed from such as a wild animal, pet or human. In the Northeast region of the United States, black-legged ticks prevail and favor the white-tailed deer. When white-tail deer enter into woods, lawns or gardens, ticks follow - along with tick diseases.
Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease that is caused by a latched-on tick bite. Most individuals will experience a fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and swollen glands – often confused with signs of the flu. Lyme Disease can often be misdiagnosed for this reason. And, while human reports are the most common, dogs and cats can also get Lyme Disease from a deer tick.
The most common sign of Lyme is a ring around the infected skin, also known as the "Bulls Eye" marking. Clinical illness in dogs lasts from 2-5 months; and can be treated with antibiotics like Doxycycline or Amoxicillin, if caught in the early stages.
Lyme Disease Prevention Methods
White-tailed deer are the most common carriers of ticks; and this is why homeowners should consider installing a 7.5-8' foot tall deer fence. The benefits of deer fencing outweigh the initial cost including: tick disease prevention; pet protection against wildlife encounters; and garden protection against deer damage.
Gardeners can plant deer-resistant flowers and herbs in the yard and apply tick sprays and deer repellents to the yard to also rid deer from lawns.
When outside, individuals are encouraged to wear [bright] long-sleeve clothing to easily spot ticks; spray tick repellents along their ankles; and perform thorough tick-checks directly after playtime.
Get Involved In Lyme Disease Awareness
There are many ways to get involved this Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Here are just a few ideas:
Check out local 5K run/walks in your area that raise awareness of #Lyme.
Join a workshop to learn about Lyme Disease prevention strategies.
Share stories about Lyme Disease testing and health after the tick bite.
Join the conversation on @Deerbusters Facebook using hashtags #Lyme, #LymeDisease #LymeDiseaseAwareness.