Pest Management Services in Rhode Island
Ticks in your area may infect you with one of two dangerous diseases:
Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is caused by the bite of infected deer ticks. Symptoms include a distinctive "bull's-eye" shaped rash, fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and joint aches. About 15,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported in the United States every year. Almost all of those cases occurred in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a disease caused by tick bites. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain and rash. Most cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occur from April to September. Although the disease is named Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the disease has been found in 45 states. Most cases of the disease occurred in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Preventing Tick Bites
There are two simple things you can do to prevent tick bites:
- Wear light colored clothing when you are outside. This will help you to spot the ticks before they attach themselves to your skin.
- After you spend time outside try to check yourself for ticks. Have someone look through your hair to see if they fell onto your head and check your back. Make sure you check your legs and arms very carefully