Tick Control in Towns and Cities
You may think that you are only exposed to ticks if you venture into the outdoors. Into the habitats that they are known to hide out in, waiting to latch on to their next meal. Of course, you’re right that being in the outdoors puts you at a higher risk to ticks and the diseases they transmit, but if you think you’re safe in a metropolitan area, then you might want to read this article, because ticks and their diseases pose a threat to cities too.
While tick-borne relapsing fever previously has been thought to be a threat mainly to outdoor enthusiasts, a new study by researchers at the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine found that the infection is emerging in metropolitan regions of Texas. Tick-borne relapsing fever is an infection caused by the bite of a tick and has symptoms such as recurring high fevers, rigors, nausea and vomiting. People usually are exposed when they are hiking or camping. However, researchers at Baylor have found that these ticks also are present in cities in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.
Prevention is always key when it comes to keeping yourself free from the threat of tick borne disease.
Recently, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report revealed a triple in the number of tick-borne diseases cases from 2004 to 2016. These include the more common tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease to the rarer diseases such as Alpha-Gal syndrome, which causes an incurable meat allergy.
Every home needs to be protected from ticks, so start thinking about your arrangements for tick control for next season. Remember, the earlier you act, the earlier you are protected.