Protect Yourself From Lyme Disease: Information and Precautions
In the past five years the state has averaged more than 1,200 reported cases a year, up from fewer than 300 two decades ago. Multiple factors have caused the increase, including warmer winters that allow ticks to stay out longer; habitat changes that allow ticks to flourish; and an increase of host populations, such as deer and mice.
In Minnesota, Lyme disease is carried by the black legged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick. Bites from tick nymphs account for the greatest number of Lyme cases in the state. This immature stage is active primarily between May and July, when about 20 percent of nymphs carry the bacteria that can cause the disease.
Because of their size, roughly that of a poppy seed, these bites tend to go unnoticed and represent the greatest number of Lyme cases. Adult ticks, about the size of a sesame seed, also bite people and can carry the bacteria that can cause the disease throughout much of the year. Some 40 percent of them carry Lyme.
If you are a person who loves the outdoors especially in the spring, you should not let this deter your activities. You can protect yourself by treating your clothes with permethrin. When ticks come in contact with permethrin it is lethal. You also need to check yourself for ticks every time you are in the grass and woods. What is even more important is if a tick has attached itself and embedded in your skin, you need to remove them and make sure you get the head out entirely l.
A tick’s head is very jagged and when not removed properly, pieces can remain. Rid-a-tick has come up with the perfect solution for this. The Rid-a-tick patch is a 3M medical patch that you apply to the tick and suffocates the tick. As the process begins, the tick will pull itself away from your skin completely, so you do not have to worry about any remaining incisor type jaws in your skin.
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