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In Massachusetts, we're fully aware of the dangers of tick bites; in fact, our region has been called a hotbed for tick-borne diseases, most commonly Lyme disease. Here's what you should know about Lyme disease and the ticks that carry it.

What Ticks Carry Lyme Disease in Massachusetts?

What ticks carry Lyme disease in Massachusetts?

The blacklegged tick, or deer tick, is common throughout Massachusetts and carries the organisms that cause Lyme disease and a number of other illnesses.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

One of the most common first symptoms of Lyme disease is a rash where the tick bite occurred, often (but not always) starting as a small red area that expands outward and clears in the center, resembling a donut. Other early indicators include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, stiff neck, sore muscles and joints, fatigue, and swollen glands.

While symptoms may go away on their own, rash and more severe symptoms can return. Early intervention helps to prevent more serious problems in the future.

Later symptoms can occur with or without the presence of rash and may include mild to severe nervous system problems such as meningitis, facial weakness, and weakness or pain in hands, arms, feet, or legs. Lyme disease can also lead to arthritis and heart problems.

What is the treatment for Lyme disease?

According to the CDC, prompt treatment with antibiotics is critical to preventing late Lyme disease.

How can I reduce my risk?

The best defense against Lyme and other tick-borne diseases is tick bite prevention:

  • Use EPA-approved repellents

  • Frequent body checks on people and pets when spending time outdoors

  • Avoid tall grass and brush; keep to the center of trails when hiking

  • Dress for the (tick) season: Wear long sleeves and pants, tuck pants into tall socks or boots, and opt for light colored clothing to make ticks easier to spot

  • Keep your yard free of leaf litter and other yard debris, and keep grass trimmed to reduce tick harborage areas

  • Know how to safely remove a tick, and contact your doctor if symptoms arise

Remember, you don't have to be outdoorsy to be at risk - you can be bitten in your own yard or even inside your home. In addition to these precautions, call a professional tick control company like Burgess Pest - our standalone tick control programs start at just $49/month! An estimate is always free, so why wait?

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