In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the tick population in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania leads the nation of reported cases of Lyme Disease. Ticks are arachnids that are commonly found in high grass or wooded areas but is also transported into populated areas by deer, mice, other small animals. Ticks can thrive in backyards where there is grass, shrubbery or leaf cover on the ground. For this reason, residential tick control has become important to the people of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Diseases Associated with Tick Infestations
Ticks are considered parasites since they feed on warm-blooded hosts, including dogs, cats, deer, cattle and humans. Ticks become attached to the host and engorge themselves on blood for several days. After feeding, most ticks will drop off and prepare for the next life stage. Since they can be extremely small especially in their nymphal stage, ticks often remain hidden as they feed. Unfortunately, these harmful pests can transmit a variety of serious diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and Bartonella. Lyme disease and several co-infections are carried by the Deer Tick, which is very common in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Early exposure differs in individuals and can range from no symptoms to a wide variety. Later-stage Lyme disease can also feature a wide range of symptoms that often mimic other conditions, causing further problems by leading to misdiagnosis. Left untreated Lyme disease can cause life-altering debilitation.