Although the summer season is winding down, the Professional Landcare Network reminds you that the risk of Lyme disease continues through fall and even into winter.
Planet, a founding member of the U.S. Environmental Agency Partners in Lyme Disease Prevention network, offers these tips to protect yourself, family and pets from ticks:
Evaluate your property — or hire a professional lawn care or landscape firm to do so — and determine if you have areas where ticks may hide.
Trim low-lying bushes to let in as much sunlight as possible. This helps keep your yard from becoming a shelter for small mammals that may act as a host for ticks.
Remove woodpiles, brush, leaves, and debris.
Keep grassy areas mowed; ticks like to hide in tall grass.
Fence off hedgerow areas so children and pets cannot access them.
Check pets regularly for ticks (horses and dogs can also get Lyme disease and dogs and cats can carry ticks into your home).
Be sure to check yourself and family members for ticks each time you go outside.
Wear light-colored socks and pants to help spot ticks.
Tuck your pants into your socks.
Talk to your lawn care or landscape professional about spraying areas with high concentrations of ticks.
Use tick repellent.
Lyme disease can mimic many diseases, including multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia, according to the Lyme Disease Association. . Most cases of Lyme disease can be cured with antibiotics, especially if treatment begins early in the course of illness. Visit the Lyme Disease Association at lymediseaseassociation.org or the Professional Landcare Network at LandcareNetwork.org.
Posted by Kathy Van MullekomCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun