The warm weather has finally arrives and with it, Mosquito and Tick season. Both Mosquitos and Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme and many viruses. By being appropriately dressed and using repellants, you can reduce your risk when walking outdoors or doing gardening at your home.
The NY Times recently offered some great advice regarding how to protect yourself and avoid these pests and the diseases they may carry.
Check out the article below
How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes and Ticks
By Roni Caryn Rabin
May 1, 2018
Just when you thought it was warm enough to venture outdoors again, health officials are warning that the number of Americans infected by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in recent years.
Tick-borne diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been increasing in the Northeast, Upper Midwest and California, and mosquitoes may be carrying West Nile virus and, in some parts of the United States, Zika. The only flea-borne disease is plague, but it, thankfully, is extremely rare.
There’s no magic pill or vaccine to prevent disease infections, but you can take steps to protect yourself and your family from bites — and it all starts with awareness, physicians and consumer advocates say. “Recognize that this is a problem that’s worthy of your time and attention,” said Dorothy Leland, director of communications for Lymedisease.org, a patient advocacy organization.