There has been a noticeable rise in disease carried by insects such as ticks and mosquitoes, but many are still preparing for outdoor activity. According to the National Institutes of Health, anyone who experiences flu like symptoms including headache, fever, aches, and chills should consider checking for insect borne illness such as lyme disease and spotted fever.
A few guidelines have been issued to help ensure protection from insect bites and early identification of risk including:
1) Cover up - wear long sleeves and pant legs whenever exposure to insects is likely.
2) Insect Repellent - wear an effective insect repellent
whenever outdoors, especially at night and in wooded areas
3) Fences - mosquitoes and ticks will follow or travel on a variety of animals, fences can prevent these animals from entering your yard and dropping insects there
4) Pets - always check pets when they return from outdoors
5) Environment - areas like woods, swamps, marshes, and tall grass are likely places to find insect so more care should be taken
If any ticks are found on pets, or people, they should be removed as soon as possible to reduce the risk of insect borne disease transmission. Any potential cases should be screened through a veterinarian or physician respectively as soon as possible to prevent potentially serious complications.