The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently reported that Lyme Disease is up 320% and is expanding to new areas.
Scientists are yet to come up with a conclusive reason for the recent increase in Lyme Disease, but reasons could vary from human behavior to varying landscape characteristics. Regardless of the reason, it is important to be on high alert and take precautionary measures in your own yard. Lyme Disease isn’t the only tick-borne illness that we’ve seen jump up in numbers so it is important to protect yourself and prevent tick breeding grounds.
To allow you to enjoy your yard and reduce your chances of receiving a tick-borne illness such as Lyme Disease, there are preventative measures you can take.
We suggest that you:
- Take a “tick walk” in your yard and identify and clear our tick hot spots such as areas where lawn, tree, and brush debris gather
- Plant foliage that won’t attract deer, because with deer come many ticks
- Rubber mulch is recommended for under play areas
- Keep yard trash and plants 12 inches away from foundations, fences, and walls
- Care for family pets and be sure to talk to your veterinarian about tick collars and sprays, additionally, be sure to check your pet for ticks before they come inside
- Treat your home with Mosquito Squad’s Intensive Tick Treatment consisting of a barrier spray and tick tubes for the ultimate protection
Wisconsin has remained relatively stable as a high risk area since 1993, but Lyme disease is increasing in both the northern and southern regions and achieving high incidence status. For this reason it is important to follow our suggestions in order to prevent Lyme Disease the best you can.
For more information on the increase of Lyme Disease please visit this CDC article.
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