As the weather get warmer and trees start to bloom, you know spring has arrived. While we prepare ourselves to spend more time outdoors, it’s important to remember it’s also prime time for pests, especially ticks!
Ticks, especially deer ticks, are notorious for spreading tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. Unfortunately, deer ticks have also been reported for spreading another disease of late, the Powassan virus.
If you haven’t heard of the Powassan virus, it’s probably because the virus is quite rare, only 75 cases have been reported the past 10 years. But just last week, a 5-month-old baby from Connecticut was diagnosed with the Powassan virus.
What’s also concerning is the fact that the virus can be transmitted from tick to host in as little as 15 minutes, compared to the Lyme bacterium which typically takes 24 hours.
Statistically, 10% of individuals who are infected with Powassan won’t survive and of the survivors, roughly 50% will have long-term neurological damage.
Symptoms of Powassan Virus
Most people infected with the virus don’t show symptoms but those that do may experience the following:
- Muscle soreness/weakness
- Breathing difficulties
There are no treatments or vaccines to fight Powassan but medical attention should still be sought out if you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms listed above. Doctors are trying experimental therapies and standard treatment options like antiviral medications to treat individuals who may have the virus.
Tick Prevention is Key
One of the best ways you can protect yourself and others from tick bites and tick-borne illnesses is by preventing ticks in the first place.
- Avoid high brush areas
- Wear long-sleeved clothing when outdoors
- Apply repellent, like DEET, when outdoors
- Research local pest control companies for tick control services
Professional Tick Control
Avoid tick-borne illnesses like Powassan and Lyme disease with the help of your local Ehrlich pest specialist. He or she will devise a comprehensive tick control solution plan to keep your family and pets safe from tick-borne illnesses. Call 888-986-2074 or contact us online to learn more!