Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ticks scare me!

Gardening season means bug season. Bug season means ticks. Lyme disease is the main reason to protect yourself from tick bites. Did you know Lyme disease takes its name from the town of Lyme, Connecticut? (Not the best when they name the disease after your town) The Northeastern United States has the highest percentage of Lyme disease in the country. The disease is found where white tail deer are present. The tick bites often go undetected, but leave a circular, bullseye rash. Symptoms include fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headaches, back and neck pain, nausea and vomiting. The best way of fighting Lyme disease is not to get it. Protect yourself by covering up unprotected skin. Put suspicious clothes in a hot dryer for one half hour. The heat dehydrates the ticks and kills them. Washing the clothes, even in hot, soapy, bleechy water may not even kill the ticks.


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