• The Harm Ticks Cause

    With their bloodsucking ways, thinking about ticks is enough to get your imagination going. It can also get your skin crawling. But they also pose more serious problems by spreading diseases.

    Lyme Disease: Bacteria spread from the bite of an infected tick causes this disease. While it can be treated with antibiotics, left untreated it can be fatal to humans, dogs, cats, horses and cattle. Symptoms in humans include a bull’s eye rash, one-sided facial paralysis, headaches, fever and swollen glands and joints.

    Tularemia: This disease is caused by bacteria and spread by fleas and ticks. Approximately 150-300 cases are reported each year in the U.S. Symptoms include an open ulcer near the flea bite, swollen lymph nodes, sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, and muscle aches and fatigue.

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: This disease is spread by fleas and ticks. It is potentially fatal and infects both dogs and humans. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, nausea and vomiting. A rash is usually seen around wrists and ankles.