In the world are over 800 species of ticks. Only two families – hard ticks and soft ticks – are known to transmit diseases or illnesses to humans.
Ticks will attach to different animals for a blood meal, including humans. Hard ticks tend to attach and feed anywhere from hours to days, and disease transmission usually occurs near the end of their meal. Soft ticks usually feed for less than an hour, and disease transmission can occur in less than a minute.
- What kind of disease can infect ticks?
The name of the disease or infection is Lyme! It is a bacterial infection transmitted trough tick bite. Common signs are including fever, fatigue, headache, and a skin rash most-known as erythema migrans.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the United States each year. It affects people of all ages, and it is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms mimic those of other illnesses.
- Signs that you shall worry for:
Ticks are very small, you might never notice that you have been bitten by one. You shall be aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease, and to be able to recognize the same in case you or a member of your family becomes infected, The most noticeable symptoms of Lyme disease is the rash that accompanies it. It resembles the bulls-eye of a dart board, with a small red ring around an area of the skin.
Lyme disease is treatable when caught early, but the longer it’s left untreated, the more likely it is that it will spread to other parts of the body, causing damage.
How to Protect Yourself
No one wants to cut back on family picnics, backyard barbecues or days at the park. Being outside in the summer allows you to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. There are ways you can protect yourself from tick bites, without having to cut back on your time spent outdoors:
- Know where ticks are commonly found
- Wear protective clothing
- Use essential oils containing catnip, cedar, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, lemon eucalyptus, mint, peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree to protect from ticks.
- Remove a tick right away if you spot one on you