Approx. 3 Min

Bug biologist Andy Lima, a.k.a. MC Bugg-Z, on tick prevention… Don’t get sick from the bite of a tick! MC Bugg-Z shares tips for how to protect yourself from tick bites and Lyme disease, the most commonly reported vector-bone illness in the United States.

Lyme disease is spread by blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) and can produce a wide range of symptoms depending on the stage of infection. These symptoms can include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis, and not every Lyme disease rash looks like a bullseye. Seek medical attention if you observe any of these symptoms and have had a tick bite, live in an area known for Lyme disease, or have recently traveled to an area where Lyme disease occurs.



Kudo’s to MC Bugg-Z for this creative take on tick prevention.

A few corrections:
  1. Ticks are everywhere, not just in the areas he mentions:
  2. Fewer than 50% recall any sort of rashmany “visible” signs of LD are easily missed or mistaken:  My initial symptoms were all gynecological which then traveled everywhere causing a swollen knee, fever, migrating joint pain, headaches, seeing flashing lights, memory loss, and stuff I’ve blocked out:  Symptoms will reflect the pathogens you are infected with.  Treatment will reveal symptoms and you eliminate them layer by layer.  This cut and dried idea that everyone gets a rash and feels one thing is asinine.  This crud defies all logic and decorum.
  3. You need to be concerned about ALL ticks, not just the black-legged tick:  If you read the PCOS link above you will also be alerted to the fact this may very well be a STD.  Much more research needs to happen.  There also may be other insects involved:
  4. Lyme is the rock-star we know by name.  There’s a whole bunch of wanna-be’s just as dangerous that ticks can transmit:  (The actual number is 18 and counting)
  5. Research has shown permethrin to be the most effective against ticks:  (You can’t put this on your skin).  For more prevention ideas:
  6. While some ticks go into a diapause in winter, many are still active:  (I have buddies who are pulling live ticks off their dogs in February in Wisconsin.)  You can get infected ANY DAY OF THE YEAR not just in spring and fall.
  7. Regarding ticks dropping, I disagree.  Here this news anchor states he got a tick bite on a deck with an overhanging tree:  While they can’t fly per se, ticks can blow in the wind.  Another person told me of how ticks blew into their swimming pool.  I personally have had the lawnmower blow ticks onto my basement screens and some got in and were crawling up the walls.  Ticks hitchhike on rodents, birds and pets and can go anywhere they go.  No, my friends, ticks are insidious and these outdated, regurgitated myths need to stop.  
  8. Do not follow the “wait and see” approach.  For 40 years we’ve known that prompt treatment is essential.  This crud can get into your central nervous system within HOURS & NO research has shown MINIMUM transmission time for infection:  (A little girl couldn’t walk or talk after only about 6 hours of tick attachment.  Do not believe the “experts!”)  Take every tick bite seriously and demand prophylactic treatment for 3 weeks minimum.  Viruses can be transmitted within minutes. (This link also debunks the 1-dose of doxy.  Serious flaws in that research.  It also gives treatment options.)




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