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Lone Star Ticks a Focus for Florida Lawn Care Providers

According to the CDC, a disease called the Heartland Virus, known to be spreading through South Florida since 2009, continues to be a growing concern among Florida residents. Heartland Virus is spread by the Lone Star Tick, easily-recognizable by the light-colored dot on the backs of the females. The Heartland Virus carried by Lone Star ticks joins a growing list of diseases passed along by ticks in general, including ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Lyme's Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other fever illnesses. 

Because symptoms of tick-related illnesses usually do not strike until approximately two weeks after the original bite, some people do not associate their symptoms with ticks, which is unfortunate, considering how important immediate treatment is in staving off long-term symptoms associated with some of the diseases spread by ticks (particularly Lyme's Disease). 

According to experts, the best tactic to avoid tick bites is to prevent contact with ticks. This would include wearing long sleeves and pant legs when knowingly entering tick-infested areas, not sitting or resting on the ground, checking the body for ticks after having spent time outdoors, and likewise checking pets regularly for ticks. 

In addition to personal wardrobe choices and regular checks for tick bites, another preventative measure toward guarding against tick bites is to practice wise lawn care maintenance. Keeping weeds at a minimum, long grasses cut back, and mulch beds tidy and cleaned out will go a long way toward eliminating the sort of areas that appeal to ticks. 

Florida lawn care professionals are well-versed in ways to help keep your lawn safe and relatively tick-free. Be sure to consult with one soon. 

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