Monday, June 17, 2013
Lexington's Health Division provides tips to maintaining a tick-free yard.
The following was provided on behalf of Lexington's Health Division. Landscaping your yard may be another tool to prevent encounters with ticks. Maintaining a yard free of brush and yard debris, keeping your grass cut short, and creating a barrier of wood chips or mulch between your yard and any woodlands are all methods to help maintain a tick-free yard. Earlier this spring, the Health Division provided tips on checking for ticks after outdoor activities. Ticks generally cling to plants near the ground in brushy, wooded, or grassy places. Ticks climb onto animals and people who brush against the plants and yard debris. The edges of woodlands and leaf litter are high risk areas. Here are some tips to maintaining a tick-free yard: For …
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Massachusetts, Lexington’s public health officials remind residents to check themselves, their pets and their loved ones to check for ticks after outdoor activities.
It’s that time of year again. No, not that time. Or that time. Not even that time. But it is the time of year when it becomes even more important to take those few extra steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and your pets from ticks and Lyme disease. To that end, Lexington’s Health Division encourages residents engaged in outdoor activities to: According to a recent press release from the Health Division, Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating bacterial infection spread though bites by infected deer ticks, which are called nymphs and wait in tall grass or bushes for mammals to pass by. The ticks bite said mammals to extract and consume their blood, and at the same time, “a bacterium from the [infected] tick’s internal systems is…
Thursday, April 11, 2013
It's wise to look for ticks on yourself and your children and pets after being outdoors.
Among the budding flowers and greening grass, another sign of spring has arrived. Tick season. The evidence? Two ticks, one on each of my dogs, I found this week. One dog had a tick on her snout, the other dog had a tick on her head that I found while petting her. Both ticks were about the size of a pinhead, and attached, but not yet engorged. I was able to remove them, and promptly gave both dogs a dose of K9 Advantix, which my husband I had stopped using for a few months this winter. I also checked the rest of the dogs' bodies for more ticks, finding none. With evidence that tick season is here (at least in Wayland where I live), it's a good reminder to check yourself, your children and your pets after being outdoors. The Centers for …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wear light-colored long sleeves, pants and socks so it’s easier to spot ticks; tuck your pants in your socks and other lessons on Lyme disease and tick bite prevention from Lexington's Department of Public Health.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The following was provided by the Lexington Board of Health. Whether it’s hiking in the woods or just working in your yard, outdoor activities put you at risk for contracting Lyme disease. Lexington’s Office of Community Development, Health Division and the Board of Health want to educate local residents of the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease, and what you can do to prevent it. Annual confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Lexington average in the low teens and have remained constant over the last few years. Lyme disease is a potentially debilitating bacterial infection spread through the bite of an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). Most humans are infected through the bite of immature deer ticks called nymphs. Deer ticks wait in the …