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Avoid Ticks To Prevent Lyme’s Disease

Lyme’s disease is a deeply unpleasant illness. This common condition can cause problems like rashes, flu-like symptoms, joint pain, and weakness. It is primarily spread by ticks, and more specifically, by a bacteria they carry. In this post we are going to look at how to prevent Lyme’s disease by avoiding ticks.

What is Lyme’s disease and where do you find ticks?

Lyme’s disease is caused by two types of bacteria. These are known as bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and Borrelia mayonii. This bacteria enters your body through tick bites. What this basically means, is that if you want to prevent Lyme’s disease, then it’s critical that you avoid ticks.

rabbit in long grass

The first step to doing this is knowing where you’re most likely to encounter ticks. Nine out of ten times, ticks are found outdoors. This mostly happens in wooded areas, and also in long grass. In some cases, ticks also make their habitat in suburban and urban areas. Attached to domestic and wild animal hosts is another place you might find ticks. These include pets like cats and dogs, and also rodents like squirrels, birds, foxes, deer, hedgehogs and rabbits.

Ways to prevent Lyme’s disease from ticks

To avoid these ticks, it’s a good idea to wear long trousers when walking out in nature. You should also keep to paths and avoid areas where there is long grass. If you do enjoy hiking in grassy areas, make sure to regularly check yourself for ticks. Stay vigilant if you have to go off the path. It’s vital that you do this in order to prevent Lyme’s disease. Also avoid contact with wild animals. This is something that you should already keep in mind, as these animals are host to numerous parasites and diseases.

hiking in countryside outside london

This condition is something you’ll want to avoid. As well as the short term symptoms of the illness, Lyme’s disease can often be long lasting in its effects. For example, some people will develop what’s known as “Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome.” This is a condition where the symptoms of Lyme disease continue for many months after treatment. These symptoms included pain, fatigue, and difficultly focusing the mind. In some rare cases, this can continue for years.

The bottom line is that you need to watch out for ticks. If you think you’ve been bitten, then seek treatment immediately. Wear long trousers when you’re outdoors. Avoid wild animals and walking through long grass. Stick to paths, and check yourself and your pets for ticks. Do all of these things and you should be able to reduce the risks significantly.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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