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Ask a Patch Pro: Lyme Disease

Russ Jundt, of the Twin Cities Mosquito Squad, and Monique Dubos, president of the Minnesota Lyme Association, are here to answer your Lyme disease questions.

Experts say record warm temperatures and a decrease in the food supply for deer ticks will mean a surge in Lyme disease cases this year. 

In 2010, more than 30,000 Americans contracted Lyme disease, an illness than can have lifelong effects including arthritis, fatigue and neurological defects. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that since the late 1990s there have been more than 250,000 cases of Lyme disease nationwide—more than 90 percent of those were in 12 states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and the country’s largest tick-elimination firm, Mosquito Squad, has offered up a list of tips to help homeowners.

 

Russ Jundt, of the Twin Cities Mosquito Squad, will be answering your questions about Lyme disease through May 17.

Joining Jundt is Monique Dubos, president and communications coordinator of Minnesota Lyme Association, a resource for people affected by Lyme Disease. Dubos is not a doctor, but her organization has worked as an advocate for people with Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness since 2006.

Both of our guests will be checking back periodically to address your questions. 

So post your questions in the comment section below and check back later to see the answer.

Freya Rowland May 11, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Do you have to send every embedded tick in for testing? Or is it okay to assume that wood ticks are (relatively) disease free?
hwy12goph May 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Does the Elimitick clothing work to repel ticks? Thanks for the information, Lyme disease is a terrible thing.
Russ Jundt May 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Freya: The wood tick (American Dog Tick) in our area does not carry the bacterium (Borrelia burgorferi) that causes Lyme Disease, but it can rarely carry another tick borne infection called Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that can be serious or even fatal. In July of 2009 a small child from Dakota County died as a result of a tick bite from an American Dog Tick. Less than 2000 cases of that disease are reported each year nation wide. So in most instances it is not necessary to send in the American Dog Ticks for testing.
Russ Jundt May 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I have not personally used or tested Elimitick clothing, but my understanding is that it works quite well. It claims to last for up to 70 washings which is very impressive. I have chosen to treat my existing clothing with Buggspray (see above) brand permethrin. Keep in mind that with whatever the choice do not assume that the efficacy will be 100%. Always check for ticks. Be well.
Michael Jefferies June 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
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