(Modern Survival.org) – The most common vector-borne disease in the United States, Lyme disease, is no joke. One afflicted with Lyme disease will experience a variety of nasty symptoms including fevers, headaches, fatigue and skin rash (erythema migrans). If left untreated, the infection resulting from Lyme disease can spread throughout the body, leading to long-term illness.
Lyme disease is vector-borne, meaning it is transmitted from animals to humans. In this case, it originates from the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, also referred to as the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). The best defense against Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by an infected tick.
To prevent Lyme disease, one must defend themselves from ticks. Thankfully, there are a few viable options to do just that when in areas inhabited by ticks:
- Wear long-sleeve shirts.
- Tuck pants into boots or socks.
- Use tick repellents. Natural repellents include apple cider vinegar, neem oil, eucalyptus oil and cedar oil.
Even with these measures, it is possible to have a tick latch on. This is why it is important to check for ticks after any venture outdoors where ticks are known to live. Some common areas where ticks like to burrow are:
- In the armpits
- Around the waistline
- In the belly button
- In the hair on the scalp
- In/around the ear
- On the backs of the knees
Ticks are one of many insects found in the wild that can pose a threat to humans. To see how to identify potentially venomous insects before it’s too late, check out our article here.
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