Bugs that cause Lyme disease
There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful summers than to be outdoor. Whether it is in your backyard or in a park, there’s a plethora of activities to be done in the amazing weather. But it also brings with it an unprecedented risk of getting bitten by bugs.
While there are some bites, that will just itch for a while, redden and then disappear, there are others that can have more severe effects.
Lyme disease is one of them. It is a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium by the name of Spirochetes that is transmitted to humans by ticks.
Ticks are an extremely resilient species of pests that can survive for months without food
In the early days, it was believed that it is transmitted solely by the bite of a black legged tick, also known as a deer tick. However, experts now believe that many other types of pests may also transmit Spirochetes into your bloodstream.
Some of the pests that are now believed to be transmitters of Lyme disease are:
- Dust Mites
- Biting Flies
In simpler terms, it is now believed that almost any vector born insect can be a carrier of Lyme. And the best way to prevent this dreaded disease from affecting you or your family is to keep pests at bay.
Thankfully, there are many pest control companies in Vancouver who can help you keep Lyme causing bugs out of your home.
Lyme disease in your backyard
Even if one were to ignore the possibility of other bugs causing Lyme disease and focus only on ticks, it still presents a significant risk that you can contract the disease even in your backyard.
Despite all the protection that you can use while trekking in the woods, ticks can still find ways to hitchhike on your clothes and make their way into your home.
Here are a few expert recommended methods to reduce the possibility of ticks thriving in your backyard.
- Mow the lawn: Ticks like places that are not directly exposed to sunlight. Piles of leaves, yard debris and uncut grass are prime places that they nest in. One of the easiest ways to curb the risk of ticks is to keep the lawn trimmed. Grass clippings can be used as mulch once they dry up.
- The Moat: Ti cks hate to travel over a gravel path or one that is lined with wood chips. So, create a buffer path lined with either of these that separates the home from the lawn.
- Use the sun: Ticks like to live in moist and dark places like most other pests. So, if you have wood piles lying dormant, get them out in the sun to dry.
- Natural repellents: There are some plants which are known to repel ticks naturally. You can consider planting these around the house.
Calling the experts
Lyme disease is a very serious disease that can go undetected for a long time causing severe health complications. If you suspect that there are ticks in your backyard, then speak to a pest control Vancouver company today.