LIME DISEASE FACTS AND INFORMATION
It is observed that lime disease occurs mainly in temperate forested regions of Asia and Europe and also in these regions of Northeastern, North central and Pacific coastal regions of N.America and Canada. Lime disease results due to the injection of a group of bactria belonging to spirochetes called B.Burgdorferi. In Europe and Asia lyme disease occurs due to B.burgdorferi sensu stricto, B.Afzelii, or B.Garinii. It is said that spirochetes spread the disease if they are injected to humans through the bite of infected ticks of the Ixodes ricinuc complex.
The Lime Ticks (or deer Ticks) are small, blood sucking insects related to spiders, mites and scorpions. There are many different types of lime ticks, each preferring to feed on the blood of different animal hosts. If given the opportunity some of them will feed on human blood too. Basically it has 3 stages of life cycle-larva, nymph, and adult. To the human eye the larvae look like specks of soot, while nymphs are slightly larger, pinhead or poppy seed size. With their eight legs, adult ticks look like small spiders.
Cold temperatures limit the lime ticks activity, so ticks are most active from April to October. During warm winter and in certain regions of Britain, ticks searches for blood throughout the whole year. Ticks may live for more than a year without food and their bodies can remain in a dormant state for long periods. Because their bodies dry out easily, lack of moisture can be fatal to them at these times, e.g. hot, dry summers & very cold or dry winters.
It is very difficult to avoid ticks totally because they can be found in urban parks and gardens, as well as typical countryside locations। Check yourself for lime ticks whenever you have visited a place where they may have been present. These are some of the steps by which one can prevent the Lime tick from reaching your body if you are going into a known area of Lime tick infestations. Wear shoes and cover the body as far as possible rather than wearing sandals and tuck long trousers into socks. Wear white clothes as ticks can be easily identified on white clothes. Also if you suspect that the ticks may present in Areas arounfd your Home or Garden you can Spray insecticides and pesticides in the lawn and the surrounding areas to avoid the Lime ticks