Difficult Diagnosis Can Lead to Chronic Lyme in Greenville

Deer_Tick_StagesWhile it is true that Lyme disease is not as prevalent in the Greenville area as it is in some other parts of the United States, it can be just as devastating for those afflicted with it. Knowing the cause and symptoms of Lyme disease is an important part of fast diagnosis and treatment which can lower the risk for it developing into Chronic Lyme disease.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) spread to humans from the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick. Deer ticks are tiny, nymphs being as small as a poppy seed can bite you without you ever knowing it. The symptoms of Lyme are similar to the flu, making diagnosis difficult if you are not part of the 70-80% with a “bulls-eye” rash. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and joint pain.

Chronic Lyme disease in Greenville

cdc_photo_of_lyme_disease_bullseye_rashThe CDC calls it Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), but most of the population just refers to it as Chronic Lyme. The cause of Chronic Lyme disease is not fully known, but most experts think the months-long symptoms occur from residual infection damage to tissues and the immune system. The symptoms can be moderate to severe, can last for more than 6 months and in some instances can be debilitating. Symptoms of Chronic Lyme can include severe headaches, arthritis, Bell’s palsy, tendon, muscle, joint and bone pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, nerve pain, numbness or tingling in hands or feet, inflammation of the brain or spinal cord, short-term memory problems, and in rare cases an irregular heartbeat.

Chronic Lyme will pass with time. There is no cure and no specific treatment. It is recommended you work with your doctor to manage the symptoms as best you can while you wait for it to pass.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

Lyme disease prevention is always the best medicine. Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the best method. With Mosquito Squad of Greenville, you can lower the tick population in your yard by 85-90%. Call today. 864-277-4299

Raising awareness of Lyme Disease starts in your Greenville backyard!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness MonthMay is Lyme Disease Awareness month. This important annual event is supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation and is used to raise awareness and support of preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease. Just like mosquitoes, ticks are vectors, or transmitters, of disease. Though extremely serious, mosquito-borne disease affects only a few thousand individuals in the US each year, while tick-borne disease afflicts tens of thousands.

Deer tick or blacklegged tick on leaf waiting for you to pass byLyme Disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In the US, Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne illness and since there is presently no vaccine for Lyme Disease in humans, prevention is the best method for thwarting the illness.

In America there are two main species of tick which carry and spread Lyme Disease. These are the  deer tick or black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the North central and Eastern parts of the country and the Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacifus) on the West (Pacific) coast. The Deer tick is  found in wooded areas throughout the Carolinas. Mosquito Squad of Greenville aims to raise awareness of the disease, and the ticks who carry it, in order educate Greenville and Western NC residents about Lyme Disease and how they can take steps to prevent it.

Raising awareness of Lyme Disease starts in your own backyard!

The impetus of our service is to eliminate and prevent the ticks on your property that could be potential carriers of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, no ticks = no risk for disease. Knowing how to properly eradicate and control the tick within its natural environment is the first step in staying healthy by reducing the chance of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially harbor the bacteria that causes the disease. Mosquito Squad recommends the following steps for tick-proof yard:

The 6 C’s to Tick-Proof Your Yard

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk by1. Clear out. Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.

2. Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

Daylilies3. Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick and rock walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Check your petsCare for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars, topicals and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call the pros. Professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill “adult” ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes.” Strategically placed, “tick tubes” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

how tick tubes work
How tick tubes work.

We specialize in a dual tick prevention and control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our barrier spray will eliminate adult ticks on contact while tick tubes are placed in key areas on your property, twice per season, to eliminate ticks during nymph stage. Tick tubes can dramatically decrease the chances of encountering a Lyme infected tick on your property.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about preventing ticks that could potentially be harboring Lyme Disease. We are scheduling tick tube implementation now. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

 

Mosquito Squad of Greenville Reminds You the Month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

The month of May is full of special holidays and celebrations.  May is National Barbeque month, Date Your Mate month, National Blood Pressure month, and of course Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  While the first three monthly celebrations may give you a

Mosquito Squad of Greenville can eliminate ticks from your yard
Mosquito Squad of Greenville can eliminate ticks from your yard

chuckle, Lyme Disease Awareness should instead serve as a stoic reminder about the potentially debilitating disease and side effects that can have a life long effect.

Lyme Disease is growing in numbers across the United States.  The last published report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show South Carolina’s confirmed cases of Lyme in 2012 were higher than in previous years.  Lyme Disease is carried by the blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick, and most easily contracted during the months of May, June and July.  The disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans, as well as our dogs and cats, through the bite of an infected tick.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to remind you to take the potential risk of Lyme Disease seriously.  There is no way to know if a tick is infected unless it is tested but with any tick bite, proper and prompt removal is important.  Although the red “bulls-eye” rash is

The large red circle could be an indicator of Lyme Disease
The large red circle could be an indicator of Lyme Disease

the most common and noticeable symptom of Lyme Disease, other symptoms may surface within a few hours to a few days of a bite and include fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.  If left untreated, additional neurological symptoms may present themselves.

The best way to avoid contracting Lyme Disease is by avoiding ticks.  Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help keep you and your family away from ticks with our two-step tick control and prevention treatment.  The first line of defense comes from our barrier spray treatment that is applied to the vegetation in your yard.  The barrier spray eliminates ticks (and mosquitoes) on contact.  The spray binds to the vegetation for up to 21 days thereby eliminating future ticks and mosquitoes that land on the leaves.  It also creates a virtual barrier around your property to keep additional ticks and mosquitoes from entering.  We then follow up with our Mosquito Squad tick tubes.

Mosquito Squads tick tubes contain treated cotton to eliminate ticks
Mosquito Squads tick tubes contain treated cotton to eliminate ticks

The tick tubes contain treated cotton that effectively targets the younger nymph ticks that are residing in rodent’s dens when the cotton is taken back to the nest. This two-step process will effectively eliminate up to 90% of ticks on your treated property.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville is your Greenville tick control and prevention company.  We are dedicated to keeping you, your family and pets safe from ticks and the diseases they can transmit.  If you’d like to begin your season long protection, give us a call at (864) 277 – 4299 or visit our Mosquito Squad of Greenville website.

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville