Insect-Borne Illness on the Rise

file0001656531501What do ticks, fleas, and mosquitos have in common? They can all spread disease. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the diseases cases from these bites more than tripled between 2004-2016 in the United States. Outdoor workers such as lawn care professionals and construction workers are among those at risk for contracting these diseases, but everyone should take precautions when spending time outdoors.

Lyme, Zika, and dengue are among the insect-borne illnesses that affect individuals in the United States. Some common symptoms of these types of illnesses include fever, rash, fatigue, body/muscle/joint pain, stiff neck, and paralysis. Better tick and mosquito control is essential for protecting people from these diseases.

Prevent Insect Bites

Here are some tips for preventing insect bites and stings:

  • Use insect repellant that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • When spending time outdoors, wear clean and light-colored clothing that keeps as much of your body covered as possible.
  • Avoid scented perfumes, soaps, shampoos, and the like.
  • Check skin and clothing for ticks daily.
  • Check pets for ticks regularly.
  • Use flea and tick prevention products for your pets.
  • Keep yards clear of leaf litter, tall grasses, and brush to help reduce ticks.
  • Mow your lawn regularly.
  • Use screens on your windows and doors to help keep mosquitos from entering your home.

Whether you work outside or simply spend a lot of time hiking, gardening, or participating in other outdoor activities, take steps to prevent tick and mosquito bites this summer.

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