SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
Can’t wait to get outside and feel the warm breeze on my skin and hear the sounds of birds as they dart in and out of the trees. Happy day, it’s spring again!
We all realize that spring is the season of growth. The flowers and trees bud out and show their beautiful colors, Spring is also known as the time of year for cleaning. What a relief, no more cabin fever!
What’s not to love about spring, the days start getting longer, the temperature is rising so we can put up our winter garments.
The smell of rain and flowers blooming, no more snow, we can all come out of hibernation now. The skies are blue, no more cold wintry days.
Is it me or do couples fall in love more in the spring? You can open the windows and let the house breathe a sigh of relief, wow it’s good to be alive!
As much as spring is for new beginnings, warm days and new-found love. It’s also a time for those little creepy crawlers that annoys us and make us wish it were winter again!
THINGS THAT “SUCK” ABOUT SPRING.
MOSQUITOES: OUR AIRBORNE ENEMIES
Our number one pest this time of year is probably the mosquito. It appears that these insects have an insatiable appetite for our blood.
Just a word about these little guys. Mosquitoes can cause sickness and death through the diseases they can carry.
Apart from disease mosquitoes also cause nuisance problems.
Mosquitoes infect over 300 million people a year with Malaria and Dengue, two of the life threatening diseases mosquitoes can carry.
It is sad but 800,000 will die from Malaria and another 20,000 from Dengue.
As much anguish and pain as mosquitoes cause, there are other pests just as bad or worse.
TICK BITES AND THEIR EFFECTS
There are more than 800 known species of ticks. They prefer to live in mildly damp places in grass. Forests, shrubs, and bushes.
Ticks sit in these areas and wait for a passing person and then lock themselves onto them and proceed to embed themselves into their body to suck their blood.
Deer or black-legged ticks carry the bacterium, passing it to humans through bites.
The bite allows the bacterium to make its way into the bloodstream, causing Lyme disease.
Usually, a tick must attach itself to the human host for 36 to 48 hours in order to transmit the disease.
Ticks are very small and hard to see. If you discover a swollen tick on your body, it usually means that the tick has been attached long enough to spread its bacteria into your blood stream.
Within a month, however, signs and symptoms of Lyme disease may occur, including a rash that develops from three to 30 days after the bite, forming in a bull’s-eye pattern.
The rash may develop at more than one spot on the body. Chills, fatigue, fever, body aches and headache may also occur.
More tick borne diseases
1. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
2. Colorado tick fever.
4. Heartland Virus
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST TICK BITE
Ticks can be found almost anywhere. They can hide in a pile of leaves, on grass and shrubbery, they can hitch a ride on your cat or dog even.
Remember to check your clothing regularly and make sure that ticks don’t crawl up your clothing so they can eventually make contact with your skin.
If you are out in a wooded area or field, make sure to spray yourself with some type of insect repellent which has been proven to be very effective against ticks and other insects.
Wear light colored clothing when out in nature, ticks don’t seem to be attracted to light colors as they are dark articles of clothing.
If you develop flu-like symptoms—fever, headache, nausea—or joint pain or dizziness, and you feel that a tick might be the culprit, see a doctor immediately.