Friday, August 17, 2012

Ways to Avoid Lyme

Today's assignment is to make a list post. Lists are persuasive: numerous points in a list can be quite convincing. My topic of how to prevent Lyme Disease is so very important and needs to be convincing. I found 3 very good lists that I've condensed into one convincing post (a little longer than my usual posts, sorry). 
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How to Prevent Lyme Disease -
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid exposure to ticks.




By an eHow Contributor
- Check your household pets for ticks.  
- Wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants.  
- Provide a barrier to ticks by tucking your pants into your socks.   
- Choosing light-colored clothing makes it easier to see the ticks. Some are as tiny as a speck of dirt.  
- Spray repellent. Be sure to follow the directions and cautions.   
- Stay away from areas that are bushy and overgrown, tall grass.   
- Tick-free area around your home, lawn mowed, remove leaf litter.

Tips and Warnings  - Understand ticks that potentially carry Lyme disease are most active in the spring and summer months and are usually found in heavily wooded areas.
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Understand the risks
  • The risk of Lyme disease is year round.
  • Highest risk late spring to early summer.
  • Learn to enjoy the outdoors SAFELY.
Reduce risk Read entire article
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • Stay out of tall grass & un-cleared areas of the forest floor.
  • Don’t crawl or roll in leaves.
  • Low-risk areas are athletic fields or cut lawns.
Inspect for ticks
  • Parents should inspect the entire body daily for ticks.
  • Shower daily.
  • Common sites of attachment: underarm, navel, groin, buttocks.
Protective Clothing
  • Wear protective Clothing.
    - Long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks, and shoes.
    - Avoid going barefoot or wearing open-toe sandals/shoes.
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Immature ticks (larvae and nymphs) are so small that they can be difficult to see. However, all stages of ticks need to feed on blood to continue on to the next stages—therefore these tiny ticks can be an important threat. Protect Yourself from Tick Bites
Know where to expect ticks. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter or shrubs. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails.
Perform Daily Tick Checks - Check your body for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Conduct a body check by searching your entire body for ticks.  Take special care to check these parts of your body and your child's body for ticks:
  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around all head and body hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist
Check your clothing and pets for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing and pets. Both should be examined carefully. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat effectively kills ticks.

You can create tick-safe zones in your yard
 Modify your landscaping to create "Tick-Safe Zones. Keep patios, play areas and playground equipment away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation. Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around your home, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.
Condensed from http://www.cdc.gov/Features/LymeDisease/
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Credits to the writers as sited. 

3 comments:

  1. Great article on a very important subject. Those of us with pets that run around outside need to be extra careful. My puppy breaks all the rules when he is outside. I will inspect him closer now that I have read this. Thanks

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  2. My son likes to mow all of our property, so they can play without worrying about ticks. Thanks for the article.

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  3. Very informative, thank you. I spray my pets monthly and have found that our garden becomes tick and flea free after a while. But that is not a guarantee because the moment the animals leave the property (even to the vet), they can bring it back home. Thanks for the advice on how to be safe outdoors, will keep it in mind

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