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May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and the Maine CDC has helpful hints. Learn how to prevent tick bites.

Early signs and symptoms of Lyme disease begin 3 to 30 days after the bite of an infected tick.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Bull’s-eye rash
  • Fever and chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain/soreness

Later signs and symptoms

If not treated, more severe signs and symptoms can develop. Lyme disease is rarely fatal. These can appear weeks, months, or years after a bite from an infected tick and may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Neurologic, memory, and concentration problems
  • Heart problems

Protect Your Yard From Ticks

  • Keep the lawn mowed.
  • Keep leaves raked and get rid of leaf piles.
  • Move wood piles away from the house. Mice like to live here and can bring ticks with them.
  • Move birdfeeders away from the house, gardens, and yard toys. Deer and mice like birdfeeders and can bring ticks into the yard.
  • Use crushed stone or woodchips to make a tick-safe barrier around your yard. This should be 3-feet wide to separate the yard from the woods and keep ticks from crossing into the yard.

More from the Maine CDC HERE.

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