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CDC reported cases of Lyme disease by state


CDC reported cases of Lyme disease by state or locality, 2003-2012


Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well. Check out the CDC site for more information.

Now I want to share something I thought was interesting – I tried to join a certain Arizona Lyme Disease yahoo forum and was denied. They claim that I tried to join before and I don’t recall but I thought they might be interested in possibly preventing the disease with these new tick boxes.  So there you go!


Bait Box Study by CDC

How can you deal with these Arizona woodpeckers?

How can you deal with these Arizona woodpeckers?


Is there anything more annoying than a woodpecker who decided its time to bang on your house while your trying to sleep? I have a chimney just outside my upstairs bedroom door and it actually has a metal cap on the top and this woodpecker really knew how to wake me up. I was lucky because it was an easy fix – I installed 2 Daddi Long leg spiders DD-8000_daddi-LL-8_dtl on my chimney and it stopped the woodpecker from getting the chimney cap. There are other products available but you’re going to love this – the woodpecker protective coating spray doesn’t work on our Arizona woodpecker. These repellents do generally work on the other 23 varities of woodpeckers in the U.S.

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