You Can Guard Against Lyme Disease, Says Moul
6/19/2012
HARRISBURG – Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks, which are tiny and very difficult to detect. In fact, the deer tick is only slightly larger than the period at the end of this sentence. Because Lyme disease is no small matter, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) is offering some tips for avoiding the disease.

“Lyme disease, which often first appears as an inflamed red ring around the site of a tick bite, is a potentially debilitating condition that causes inflammation, pain and could have a significant impact on a victim’s quality of life,” said Moul. “The risks associated with Lyme disease are especially high for children ages 5-14 and adults age 50 and older.”

The mild winter resulted in early reports of tick bites in Pennsylvania. To avoid Lyme disease, those who spend a lot of time outside on grass or in wooded areas need to take precautions to avoid exposure. They include: 

        • Avoiding grassy and wooded areas. 
        • Wearing long pants, long sleeves and socks while hiking, mowing the lawn, or 
          spending time in the woods or other tick habitat. 
        • Spraying tick repellant on shoes and clothing. 
        • Checking for ticks on you, your children and pets after being outside.

To help keep ticks away from your property, reduce tick habitats by clearing underbrush and trees, reduce mouse populations, spray the perimeter of your property with Permethrin sprays, keep grass short and use a three-foot perimeter of wood chip edging.

More information on Lyme disease is available on my website, www.RepMoul.com.

State Representative Dan Moul
91st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Donna Pinkham
dpinkham@pahousegop.com
717.260.6452
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