Just because something happens to NOT be bigger in Texas, doesn’t mean it’s not in Texas at all – like the number of Lyme Disease cases. When you hear the words Lyme Disease, you think of Lyme, Connecticut and contracting it in the Northeast. In fact, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, over 800 cases of Lyme Disease were reported between 2003 – 2013. If that number sounds low to you, indeed it is much lower than the actual number. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the actual number of Lyme Disease cases is about 10 times greater than what is reported. While about 30,000 cases per year are reported nationally, the CDC estimates that number is really 300,000 cases each year making Lyme the most common tick-borne disease.
More Lyme in Austin than Reported
Why are there so many more cases than reported? In the confirmed cases, the doctor has to report the Lyme Disease to the CDC, which doesn’t always happen. Secondly, many Lyme Disease cases are misdiagnosed, so those cases would go undetected and unreported. In addition, only those who seek treatment by doctors and receive medical tests can be reported. So, if over 800 cases of Lyme Disease have been reported in Texas over the last 10 years, it’s likely that number is actually 8,000 cases over the last 10 years. No one would say a disease that has made 8,000 people ill in 10 years is not something to be cautious of.
Not Just Lyme Disease
In addition to Lyme Disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services also reports over 340 cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) in Texas in the last 10 years. Assuming the same problems with reporting, that number is likely over 3,000 cases. Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia and Babesiosis, all dangerous tick-borne disease, are just showing up on the radar in Texas . With all of those tick-borne diseases in Texas, we have one more concern. Co-morbidity. Co-morbidity means you can actually be infected with multiple tick-borne diseases at one time – making them more dangerous and harder to recover from.
Tick Control in Austin = Lyme Disease Prevention
Eliminating ticks from your yard is a great way to decrease your risk for tick-borne diseases. At Mosquito Squad of Greater Austin, our mosquito control product provides the same level of tick protection as mosquito protection eliminating 90% or more of the ticks and mosquitoes in your yard. Our yard protection and control service. With our seasonal package, our trained technicians treat your yard every 21 days eliminating ticks and mosquitoes on contact and continuing to eliminate them for the next couple weeks, until re-treatment.
It’s also important to make your yard less tick friendly. Every bit helps. Here are the Mosquito Squad 6 C’s of tick control:
Clear out debris. Debris often accumulates in moist shady areas where ticks thrive (they usually die in sunny dry areas).
Eliminate leaf litter, brush off sidewalks and mow tall grass to cut down on the places ticks can harbor.
Choose plants that aren’t attractive to deer. In areas where deer are present this is very important because deer will carry ticks right into your yard.
Check hiding places periodically. Ticks like to hide along the base of fences and brick walls.
Care for family pets. Ticks can easy hide in the fur of your pets. If your animals (like our Wiley) spend time in areas where ticks may be present, make sure you apply a topical tick medication.
Call the pros. Mosquito Squad’s tick control eliminates ticks before they can bit and danger your friends and family.
Give us a call now to begin enjoying a mosquito free yard this summer. Call 512.717.6606, email us at [email protected]