There are a few pests you need to be especially weary of as they carry diseases that can have a great impact on your quality of life. Ticks are one of those pests. As they look for a host to supply them with their next blood meal, they put each and every one of their victims in harms way. There are several diseases that this pest can be a carrier of, and the more knowledge you have, the safer you will be in avoiding them. A-Tex Pest Management is here to talk about these diseases and what they mean for you when you contract them.
According to the CDC, there are over 300,000 Lyme disease cases that are recorded every year. This disease is by far the most common disease that is transmitted by ticks. It is also one that can have a huge impact on your life if you contract it. Lyme disease is a bacteria that starts to attack your nervous system. It can affect your heart, joints, liver and eyes. Symptoms of this illness usually present as flu-like symptoms with fever, chills and body aches. Many people notice a large bullseye rash that forms around the area where the bite occurred.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Another illness carried by ticks that can affect have long-term effects on your life is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It can be up to two weeks after a tick bite that you start to notice flu-like symptoms that include headache, body aches, fever, chills and vomiting. A common sign of this illness is a rash that usually forms around the ankles and/or wrists. Unlike Lyme disease, there are medications that can get rid of this illness.
Rather than tick paralysis being caused by a virus or bacteria, this is known to cause paralysis because of poison found in a tick’s saliva. The silver lining to this issue is that the paralysis usually goes away after the tick has stopped biting you and has taken off.
This illness is caused primarily by the Lone Star Tick which we deal with heavily here in Texas. There are several symptoms that go along with this disease including fever, chills, belly pain, cough, diarrhea and a rash. If you are experiencing these symptoms and are diagnosed with this disease, it is treated using doxycycline.
Many people know this disease as rabbit fever because it is carried mostly by rodents and rabbits. This is a contagious illness that needs to be treated right away or it can be life-threatening. Your symptoms include skin ulcers, fever and swollen glands. These symptoms can last for weeks, but are treated using antibiotics.
Tick Pest Inspections, Control & More in Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville, Cedar Park & Austin Texas
Ticks are a pest that you should avoid at all costs. If you seem to have a problem with them on your property, you can count on the experts at A-Tex Pest Management to help you get the problem under control. Call us today!