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Ticks, Fleas & Mosquitoes

⭐️ Insect Bites? Ticks, Fleas, Mosquitoes are Getting Dangerous

Here's what the Centers for Disease Control says about ticks....NOT good news!

Tickborne diseases increasingly threaten the health of people in the United States. The growing threat includes newly discovered disease-causing germs, an increasing number of reported tick-borne illnesses, expanding geographic ranges for ticks, and a novel tick species found in the US. Everyone should take steps to help protect themselves from tick bites.

New germs identified

Seven new tickborne germs that can cause illness have been identified in the United States:

Reported cases increasing

In 2017, state and local health departments reported a record number of cases of tickborne diseases to CDC. Reported cases capture only a fraction of the overall number of people with tickborne illnesses. The number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has tripled since the late 1990s.

Range expanding

The geographic range of some ticks that spread germs also continues to increase. Aside from causing infections, recent studies in the United States and other countries suggest that ticks may play a role in causing an allergy to mammalian meat (alpha-gal allergy). 

New tick species

A new tick species, Haemaphysalis longicornis (the Asian longhorned tick) has been identified for the first time in the United States. In other countries, bites from longhorned ticks can make people and animals seriously ill. 

Reasons complicated

Changing climate patterns can alter the natural environment and longstanding ecological relationships. Climate is only one of several very important factors that influence the distribution and occurrence of vector-borne diseases.

Know about risks in your area

We do know that every year hundreds of thousands of people are bitten by ticks and get sick. Everyone should take steps to help protect themselves and their loved ones, including pets.

  • Avoid areas with high grass walk in the center of trails when hiking.
  • Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing such as boots, pants, socks and tents or look for clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
  • Treat dogs for ticks. Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and to some tickborne diseases. They may also bring ticks into your home. 
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon returning from tick-infested areas. 
  • Put dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, dry thoroughly and then tumble dry on high for 10 more minutes.

We recommend the following product to help avoid insect bites...

For dogs:

For you & your family:

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