Pennsylvania Continues Fight Against Lyme Disease first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
If you enjoy the outdoors and like to spend time walking through woodland areas with your four legged friend, then you may want to take note of the risks to your health and that of your pet pooch, especially if you live in Pennsylvania. Tick borne disease is at an all time high in the north eastern state, and many people expose themselves to these tiny critters without realizing the threat surrounding them.
Pennsylvania will once again lead the nation this year in Lyme disease cases, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s not even close. In 2016, there have been 12,092 reported cases of the tick-borne disease in the state through Dec. 24. That’s triple the amount of the runner-up, New York, which had 4,002 cases, followed by New Jersey with 3,850.
Still not sure what Lyme disease is and the dangers associated to it? Here’s an informative video:-
You don’t have to be walking in the woods to be bitten by a tick. You can be in your own backyard! Ticks like damp, shady, brushy, leafy areas, where they can wait for a person or an animal (like a deer or a mouse) to come by. The tick waits for direct contact with a passing person or animal. Reducing ticks in your yard means making your yard less attractive to ticks, and less attractive to animals that carry ticks, like mice and deer.
Pennsylvania may have the highest number of reported cases of Lyme disease, but there are other areas on the rise. Do what you can to contribute to your community in the fight against tick borne disease.