Tick Population Up in Lubbock Area - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/2/02

Tick Population Up in Lubbock Area

You have heard about ticks, but did you know that if it is in your yard, it could lay 3,000 eggs. Not every tick carries diseases, but in this part of the country, a tick bite could leave you with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. So, what is new about all this? The Lubbock Health Department has issued a warning.

"We've had a lot of complaints from citizens a lot more than normal about an increased tick population in the Lubbock area. So we want residents to be aware of this problem and know what to do," says Mary Croyle of the Health Department.

Croyle says the number one way to prevent tick bites is to make sure your animals are tick free and to treat your yard with an insecticide that you can get at any home and garden store.

To prevent or reduce the risk of a tick bite, Croyle urges citizens to:

  • Keep pets free of ticks and fleas by using a tick/flea collar
  • Treat your yard regularly with common pesticides available at home and garden stores
  • Eliminate unwanted animals, including rats, mice, stray dogs and cats to reduce the number of possibly infected animals for insects to feed on
  • Take protective measures when engaging in outdoor activities
  • Wear light-colored clothing so that crawling ticks can be seen easily
  • Tuck pant legs into boots or socks
  • Use an approved insect repellent
  • Inspect yourself frequently

Prompt removal of attached ticks may prevent disease transmission. If caught early, the diseases transmitted by ticks can be treated. If left untreated, they can be serious or even deadly. Early symptoms of these diseases mimic the flu, and include fever, headache, tiredness, stiff neck or neck pain, muscle aches, and joint pain. Sometimes a rash may be present at the site of the tick bite.

If you develop flu-like symptoms with or without a rash, you should contact your physician immediately. Eliminating or reducing the risk of a tick bite is the key to protecting all citizens of Lubbock. For more information, contact the city of Lubbock Health Department at (806) 775-2919.

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