Can Ticks Transmit a Wide Range of Diseases?
Fact: Some of the most common tick-borne diseases in the United States include: Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, anaplasmosis, Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness, Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever, and tularemia. Other tick-borne diseases in the United States include: Colorado tick fever, Powassan encephalitis, and Q fever. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the United States. In 2010, more than 22,500 confirmed and 7,500 probable cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Then in 2018, state and local health departments reported 47,743 cases of tickborne disease to the CDC.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It's transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and skin rash. If left untreated, the infection has the ability to spread to your joints, heart, and nervous system. If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small. So it's very important to check yourself for ticks daily and immediately after spending time outdoors.
Lyme disease is diagnosed based on your symptoms, physical findings like a rash, and the possibility of your exposure to infected ticks. But YOU can take the necessary steps to prevent Lyme disease by using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying yard sprays, and reducing tick habitat.
How Can You Protect Yourself from Tick Bites?
Know where to expect ticks. Blacklegged ticks (the ticks that cause Lyme disease) live in moist and humid environments and near wooded & grassy areas. You can check to see how severe the flea & tick activity is in your state with this weekly updated map. But you should always protect yourself, family, and pets even if fleas and ticks are currently not severe in your area.
Repel ticks on skin and clothing. Products containing DEET, pesticides, and chemicals do more harm than good. A good all-natural insect repellent has the ability to work just as well, if not better as the products that contain toxic chemicals. Some of the best products on earth originated from a serious need. I'm N.O.T. Gonna Get Ticked was born from such a need and is nothing short of amazing. While witnessing her husband's and daughter's battle with Lyme disease, and with years of professional skincare experience, she immediately got to work and created a complete line of highly efficient bug repelling products.
The Orginal Tick Spray formula is highly efficient and works extremely well at repelling a wide range of biting insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. The Cedar Tick Spray formula has a stronger scent which may not be for everyone, however, it was designed to be longer-lasting and does so with even greater efficiency, making it perfect for those who have to spend a lot of time outdoors. We know this because at Kinilly we thoroughly test the products we sell. These all-natural products were tested for quality and effectiveness at the Kinilly Farm in Florida and thus, we can confirm that these insect repellents really work! It's not only safe for humans, it's safe for dogs, cats, and horses too!
Treat your yard for ticks, fleas, and bugs. There are many yard sprays on the market, but it's important to find one that's completely natural and safe to use around your family and pets. We recommend using this proven effective All-Natural Yard & Garden Spray.
Perform Daily Tick Checks!
You should always check your entire body for ticks after spending time outdoors. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body and remove any ticks you find. Make sure to check common places they like to attach: behind knees, underarm, scalp, navel, groin, buttocks, back. Don't forget to check your kids and pets for ticks too!
Dress Appropriately When Going Outdoors!
When going outdoors wear light-colored long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closely knitted socks. Tuck your shirt into your pants and tuck your pants into your socks. This will help prevent a tick from crawling under your clothing! For added protection under your clothing & on exposed skin, a tick repelling lotion will help deter them. Our go-to bug repellent lotion is All-Natural Insect Repelling Lotion.
Dogs Can Get Lyme Disease Too!
Just like us, dogs can develop Lyme Disease from the bite of a black-legged tick. Once sick, dogs will show signs of fever and lameness in one or more joints. They might also exhibit sluggishness and swollen lymph nodes. You can protect your dogs from ticks and other bugs by using a natural bug repellent, like Nature's Way Insect Spray, before you let them play outdoors. When applying repellents on dogs, don't forget about their legs, paws, tail, and belly area. Another good tick repellent that's safe for pets & livestock is All Natural Livestock Spray by NOT Enterprises.
So the best ways to protect yourself from ticks are to use a good natural tick repellent lotion, dress appropriately and then top it off with a good natural tick repellent spray! Don't forget the tick & bug repellent for your pets, and double-check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks when you go back inside!