May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May 24, 2016

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, so what better time to tell you about the updated Pest Note: Lyme Disease in California.

This updated publication, by authors Robert S. Lane and Anne Kjemtrup, contains new information on incidents of Lyme disease in California.

You can read about the main carrier of Lyme disease, the western blacklegged tick, including the biology of the tick, specific habitats (dense woods and trails with leaf litter), places and times of the year where bites from disease-carrying ticks are more likely to occur, and how to reduce the presence of ticks around homes.

Find out how to prevent Lyme disease, which tick repellants work best, and tips such as showering within two hours after possible exposure and tumble-drying exposed clothing for an hour at high heat.

If you discover you've been bitten by a tick, save it for identification. You may have been exposed to Lyme disease if you develop flu-like symptoms or a rash within a week or two of being bitten. If this happens, see your doctor immediately.