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the prevention and treatment of Lyme disease
and other tick-borne illnesses.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the following FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
I've been bitten by a tick. What should I do?
I was bitten by a tick and I still have it. Where can I take it to be tested?
Check with your local health department first to find out if they do tick testing. Some do; others do not. If not, you can mail it to one of several reliable tick testing centers. Below is a list of several centers in the country. You need to contact each one regarding price, response time, and proper procedure for mailing. Some centers can not test if alcohol is used. Others require it before mailing.
Tick Testing Centers
North American Laboratory
New Britain, CT
New Jersey Laboratories
New Brunswick, NJ
Palo Alto, California
Tick Research Laboratory
Kingston, Rhode Island
How can I protect my property against ticks?
Whether to use chemicals on ones property is a personal decision. The risks and benefits must be weighed. Keep in mind that the effects of the most aggressive application is limited if no one else in the area takes preventive action.
Terry Shultze, epidemiologist for the New Jersey State Health Department, used granular diazinon on 5 towns in central New Jersey during a recent study. His findings showed a reduction of the tick population by 80%.
The following recommendations were developed by the Lyme Disease Coalition of New Jersey and adopted by several towns including Jackson and Livingston:
May 1-15 - Granular diazinon, sevin (carbaryl), or dursban against nymphs. If a sensitive area, liquid permethrin(4 Week Tick Killer) may be good.
July 31 - Damminix against larvae and nymphs. Will help control ticks and infection rate next year.
August 1-21 - Like May 15 against larvae and nymphs.
November 1-10 - Liquid permethrin or liquid/granular diazinon, sevin, or dursban against adults.
Whenever you use liquid sprays, apply after 10:00 or 11:00 A.M. This will expose the most questing ticks. Avoid windy days.
How many cases of Lyme disease were reported in my state?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, maintain a count of Lyme disease cases as reported by each state health department. These numbers rely on physicians to report the cases to their county health departments, usually via a form. Most experts consider these figures a gross underestimation of the actual count, due to lack of physician reporting and the unrealistically stringent reporting criteria. The rule of thumb is to multiply the total counts by 10.
The CDC's publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report prints a weekly count of these figures in the "Notifiable Diseases/Deaths in Selected Cities Weekly Information" section. You can see the current figures at:
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