Deer Tick (image credit: http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/)

Of Ticks and Babesiosis, a Rare But Potentially Very Serious Disease

Founded in 2007, it is our good fortune and privilege to now be in our second decade of providing home and business owners with the solutions and treatments – all free of toxins and harsh chemicals – that effectively keep people safe from sickness that mosquitoes and ticks carry and can transmit to humans, pets, and livestock (and which deer can also carry in their role as a food host to disease-carrying ticks), and discourage deer from chewing on and making a meal of shrubs, bushes, leaves, limbs, and flowers.

ohDEER is, as it always has been, based in Wayland, MA.  We also have a rapidly expanding franchise network.

Through our headquarters and franchise locations, ohDEER services all of mainland Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket; the eastern part of Long Island in New York State; and central New Jersey.

We have talked extensively in this space about the mosquito and tick borne illnesses with which people in the geographic area in which ohDEER does business need to concern themselves: West Nile virus, transported by mosquitoes, and Lyme disease, carried by deer ticks.

ohDEER has also discussed here diseases other than West Nile virus with which mosquitoes can infect warm-blooded organisms.

These diseases include Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), very rare but which has been identified in the northeastern U.S. – and malaria, a malady that is far and away the most lethal disease in history, and of which 90 percent of all transmissions to humans occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

One disease that we have not addressed or featured on this blog is one that the deer tick, also called the black legged tick – which is the type of tick you find throughout the territory that ohDEER services – harbor and which they can spread to humans … and, yes, pets and livestock … is babesiosis.

Now, for sure, it is rare for people to contract babesisos.

Yet, as well, those who come down with babesiosis – through tick transmission, or two other means: blood transfusion, or in utero transfer from mom to baby – can become very sick.  Babesosis can be deadly.

Below we excerpt and share from a section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website dedicated to providing education about babesiosis:

“Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells and are spread by certain ticks. In the United States, tickborne transmission is most common in particular regions and seasons: it mainly occurs in parts of the Northeast and upper Midwest and usually peaks during the warm months.  Although many people who are infected with Babesia do not have symptoms, for those who do effective treatment is available. Babesiosis is preventable, if simple steps are taken to reduce exposure to ticks.”

Take heed of and find comfort in that final sentence of the paragraph above – for indeed, babesiosis “is preventable, if simple steps are taken to reduce exposure to ticks”

Those steps include keeping extremities covered when in the outdoors.

Another step is to enlist ohDEER and its all-natural tick control solutions.