More Than Lyme: Avoiding Tick-Borne Diseases

Protect Yourself from Tick-related Illness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are currently 14 tick-borne diseases that people living in the U.S. need to be aware of. Fortunately, most of these diseases are not found nationwide, but Arizona residents should still be wary of ticks and the potential diseases they carry.

Which Diseases should I be Concerned About?

By now, everyone should be familiar with the term Lyme disease thanks to an aggressive public health campaign that has helped share information about this illness. However, there are other tick-borne diseases that haven’t received a lot of media attention. Tick-borne relapsing fever has been identified in patients in Arizona, and it’s a bacterial infection that will cause headaches, joint aches, fevers, nausea and muscle aches to occur in multiple episodes.

How Can I Protect Myself From Ticks?

There are several ways that you can protect yourself and your family from the danger of ticks. One of the easiest methods is to wear long sleeves, long pants and socks so that there isn’t a lot of exposed skin for ticks to target. It’s recommended to take your pant legs and tuck them inside of your socks, and wearing lightly colored clothing will also help you more easily identify and remove ticks before they have the opportunity to become attached to your skin.

Other helpful tips include using a tick repellent on your clothing and skin, always walking in the center of a cleared trail and performing an exam on your entire body to look for any ticks or tick bites immediately after returning from a hike. If you find a tick, you can use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to remove it. The best method is to grab the pest’s mouth parts and remove it slowly. It’s important to schedule an appointment with your doctor in order to determine if you’ve been exposed to any diseases.

Getting Rid of Ticks

Ticks can take up residence in your yard. Fortunately, there are pest control options that’ll help protect you. If you’ve found ticks around your home, visit our website at We can help eradicate unwanted pests through our integrated pest management approach.