Mosquito and tick-borne diseases have tripled in the last 10 years in the United States, with 1 in 5 of the recorded cases occurring last year. A heavy tick season is predicted for 2018 in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mosquito-borne diseases typically occur between June and September and have been reported in 50 states. Lyme disease, Zika and West Nile viruses, and Chikungunya typify diseases of concern. The CDC identifies that of these reports, 60% are caused by ticks.
The following is recommended for best protection:
- – Control vectors at home: use screens and remove standing water every 4 days.
- – Wear long sleeves shirts and pants when outdoors. Ticks are seen easily on light colors.
- – Use an EPA registered insect repellent while outdoors. Click here to determine the right repellent for your needs: https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you
- – Treat boots, socks, and tents with permethrin.
- – Check yourself and pets daily for ticks. Ticks removed within 24-48 hours present little chance of disease transmission.
Culex mosquitos (West Nile carriers) are most active between dusk and dawn. Those bitten develop symptoms within 3-14 days. If you have a severe symptom, such as a headache or confusion, seek medical attention.
Deer ticks live in shady, moist areas usually less than 24″ off the ground. They climb upward until they reach protected areas, such as treated clothing.
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