May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape wants to remind you to take preventative steps during tick season.
According to statistics, there are 40,000 cases of Lyme disease documented in the United States every year. And health experts are predicting that 2013 will be another year where there will be an abundance of ticks.
Also, scientists confirmed that deer ticks, which spread Lyme disease, are also carriers of a parasite called Babesiosis. You can learn more about this parasite and its symptoms at http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/babesiosis/.
If your property in Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, and Orange Counties connects with woodland, you can take steps to minimize you and your family’s exposure to deer ticks. Insect Shield Repellent Apparel (http://www.insectshield.com) suggests the following tips:
- Your yard: Deer ticks, as well as other ticks, live in border wooded areas and in areas where there are a lot of trees. Shield suggests that you place wood chips between your yard and the wood’s edge because ticks will be attracted to the wood chips for shade and moisture.
- Do tick checks: Periodically check you, your children, and your pets for ticks. Wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find. Don’t forget to check everyone’s scalps for ticks too. If you find a tick, gently remove it with a tweezers and put it in a container to take to your doctor. Don’t try to burn a tick out of someone’s skin!
- Trailblazing: Whenever you hike, bike, or walk in the woods, try to stay in the center of the trail to minimize your exposure to ticks. Ticks don’t fly; they crawl onto you. To avoid tick exposure, don’t sit on fallen logs, woodpiles, or on the ground.
- Insect repellent apparel: Wear tick repellent clothing. Insect Shield Repellent Apparel is EPA-registered to repel ticks, as well as a variety of other dangerous insects. The repellency is odorless, invisible, and long-lasting.
Here are some fast facts about Insect Shield Repellent Apparel:
- The repellency is in the clothing and gear, not on your skin
- The repellency lasts through 70 washings
- It’s EPA-registered
- There are no restricted uses
- It’s appropriate for the entire family
- There is no need to re-apply repellent onto the clothing
- Insect Shield Repellent keeps mosquitos, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges, including those that carry Lyme disease, malaria, and other dangerous insect-borne diseases, off of you.
If you live in the Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, and Orange Counties, contact Majestic Lawn Care and Landscape with your questions or concerns about deer ticks on your property. Phone them at 845-708-2988.