Lyme disease is a serious tick borne illness transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. With the month of May being Lyme Disease Awareness Month it is important to spread the awareness of this disease so that people can avoid contracting the tick borne illness. The good news is that in Hawaii there are no tick species that spread Lyme disease, but this doesn’t mean that residents are excluded all together. Traveling to a place that is known to have Lyme disease spreading ticks can put you at a high risk.
How do I know if I have Lyme disease?
The symptoms of Lyme disease are not always prevalent, but many people will feel flu like symptoms including the chills, a fever, and body aches within a few days or weeks of getting bit by the tick. Another common symptom is a bulls-eye rash. If you do notice these symptoms after a tick bite has occurred it is important to seek medical attention right away to check and see if you have Lyme disease. When caught early many times a simple antibiotic can get rid of the disease.
What to do if I have tick on my skin?
Hopefully you have checked yourself for ticks after coming inside from an area with tall grass or woods where Lyme disease is prevalent. If you do happen to find a tick that is latched onto the skin no need to freak out. Grab some pointed tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull straight up with a steady motion to get the tick out of the skin and not leave any parts in the skin to cause further irritations. Again, if you start to feel any symptoms it is advised to seek medical attention and get tested for Lyme disease.
The best way to avoid Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Be cautious when in an area known to have Lyme and always perform tick checks when you get back inside. Whether you are planning a trip to the mainland United States where Lyme disease is affecting people or if you have friends and family in those areas, share this information with them to help raise awareness and lower the Lyme disease rates.
For those living on the Big Island or Oahu who have noticed ticks on their property, contact Sandwich Isle today. Our trusted home pest control services can help to keep you tick free by preventing these pests from getting onto your property to begin with. It is also recommended to have your pets treated with an effective tick control treatment that can be bought at your local veterinarian’s office.