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Pest Alert: White Tail Deer and Ticks


Lyme Disease from Deer Ticks

Ticks in our area generally involve white tail deer. We are aware that the deer population is a burden to the environment and presents a variety of challenges. One of the more serious challenges is the proliferation of Lyme disease. Lyme disease has more than doubled in the last decade.

The tick in question is tiny and is transmitted by white-tailed deer. Not sure about you, but in my neighborhood the deer roam about as though they were curious children. Problem is however, that these children cause havoc to the landscaping and have the additional prize of carrying ticks. The ticks are very small and do fall off of the deer into the environment. Just walking through the area gives the tick the opportunity to latch onto a blood source: you or a pet, your children.

Just what do you do to help prevent the disease? One easy thing is to keep weeds and brush at an absolute minimum in height. Don’t provide a place for the tick to wait for its next meal.

Carefully inspect your clothing when you come inside. Check for ticks on your person. Obviously wear long sleeves and a hat. If bitten by a Lyme carrier the bite area will develop a circular rash that will continue to grow. Best advice: go to the Doctor and get a diagnosis. Treated early there will be little chance for developing Lyme’s. Do not be stubborn and presume the rash will go away. The resulting disease is not pleasant. Long term debilitating issues can develop. Why take a chance? Contact us, we will get someone over to your home and deal with the tick situation in Maryland.

Mark Leahy is the President of Blades of Green lawn Care and Pest Control, a family-owned lawn care and pest control company. Mark has concentrated his efforts in Central Maryland as well as Maryland's Eastern Shore. Mark has over 20 years experience in the Lawn and Pest Control Industries.

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