A new, aggressive type of tick is spreading and may make the summer much less pleasant. One bite of this tick may trigger a meat allergy.
According to news reports, the lone star tick, commonly found in southeastern and south central areas of the United States has been spreading north and has been found as far north as Minnesota and New Hampshire.
The tick, which has a white dot on adult females triggers a meat allergy.
After a bite from the lone star tick, a person may develop hives, shortness of breath, anaphylaxis or even death after the person eats pork, beef, lamb or any other mammalian meat. A specific sugar called alpha-gal, which is in those mammalian meats trigger the allergic reaction.
The allergic reaction tends to not appear until somewhere between three hours and 10 to 12 hours after receiving the bite. Unfortunately, the symptoms can be quite severe and seem to appear out of the blue.
This tick-related allergy is very new, so new in fact that no government agency has published collected data regarding it. Experts say the allergy does appear to fade over time and not be life long, but additional tick bites may retrigger the allergic response.
You can help reduce the tick populations in your yard by following Centers for Disease Control recommendations. First of all, make sure to remove leaf litter. Clear tall grasses and brush around home and at the edge of lawns. It is helpful to place a 3-foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to limit ticks migrating to recreational areas.
Mow the lawn regularly and keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from the yard edges and trees. When you stack your wood, make sure to stack it neatly and in a dry area.
Remove any old furniture or trash from the yard that may give ticks a place to hide. Finally, discouraging larger unwelcome animals from entering your yard by constructing a fence.
If you are experiencing any type of pest issues, it is imperative to speak with our experts for a free consultation today.