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Health Department Warns About Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria and is spread through the bite of Blacklegged ticks, more commonly known as Deer Ticks. The spread of deer ticks is growing in Michigan. In fact, based on 2021 data, 77 of Michigan's 83 counties have a known risk for Lyme disease. In addition, data and surveillance from various health departments indicate deer tick pressure continues to rise.

Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in the hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits and scalp. In most cases the ticks must be attached 36 hours or more before Lyme disease can be transmitted. Doing a full body check after spending time outside is important. Using tweezers to pull them off the skin is perhaps the quickest and best way to remove ticks.

If someone is bitten by a tick they should call their health provider for further medical care. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache and fatigue. Some people will get a characteristic bullseye skin rash.

Deer ticks can be commonly found in leaf litter, tall grassy areas, and low lying shrubs. When walking or working in these types of surroundings wear long sleeved shirts, boots or shoes and socks. Avoid wearing open shoes such as sandals.

If your area is surrounded with deer you may want to consider 2 types of treatment control. The first is to use a deer repellent to help keep deer away from your landscape all together. The second treatment is to have your yard treated throughout the year for eradication/managed control of the ticks themselves.

While treatments may be available to the consumer, for health and safety we suggest you call a licensed professional who can visit your property and offer the correct services which will be most effective for you with your safety in mind first.

Tick check before coming into the house:

  • Check your clothing.

  • Put clothing in the dryer as heat will kill any ticks.

  • Examine pets.

  • Shower within 2 hours of being out of doors.

For further services or help keeping you safe from Ticks and Lyme Disease call the professionals at Branch Tree Service, Inc., Your Health is Important!


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