The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about the rise in infectious diseases carried by springtime pests, like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. According to their report, the number of cases of illness caused by these pests tripled between the years of 2004 and 2016. New kinds of illnesses have also been identified. Diseases commonly spread through mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are Zika, West Nile, and Lyme. During the period studied, nine new types of germs that hadn’t been in the United States before were identified. Knowing how to protect your aging relative from bites could help them avoid illness.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
There are different kinds of mosquitoes, and most of them are merely pesky. However, certain types of mosquitoes carry dangerous illnesses. Mosquitoes are generally active beginning in the spring and on through the fall until temperatures grow too cold for them. Preventing mosquito-borne illnesses means preventing mosquito bites. Some ways to keep mosquitoes from biting your aging relative are:
- Bug Spray: Apply an insect repellant that has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for safety and effectiveness.
- Protective Clothing: Make sure the older adult wears clothing that covers their arms and legs.
- Keep Mosquitoes Out of the House: Make sure window screens remain tightly closed and do not have tears that could let mosquitoes in. Rather than opening windows that could allow mosquitoes to enter, use an air conditioner.
Preventing Tick Bites
Some kinds of ticks spread illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Where the older adult lives will affect their risk of being bitten by a tick carrying a disease. Make sure you’re familiar with the types of ticks and the illnesses they may carry in the area where the senior lives. Take these steps to prevent tick bites:
- Protective Clothing: Again, clothing that covers the arms and legs can prevent bites.
- Stick to Clear Areas: Staying in areas that are free of trees and bushes can reduce chances of being bitten.
- Perform Tick Checks: After spending time outside in areas where there may be ticks, check the older adult’s body for ticks.
Controlling fleas in the home involves steps to protect pets and keep the house clean. Take steps to prevent fleas in the senior’s cat or dog. Talk to the vet about effective flea prevention methods. Some tips recommended by the EPA are:
- Vacuum frequently to remove adult fleas, their eggs, and larvae.
- Steam clean carpets, especially in areas where dogs and cats sleep.
- Wash pet and family bedding where pets lie.
If you’re concerned about diseases transmitted by pests, a senior care provider can help to protect your aging family relative. A senior care provider can make certain the older adult is wearing appropriate clothing to protect their arms and legs from bites. They can check the senior for ticks when they come inside. In addition, a senior care provider can keep the home clean to control the spread of fleas. A senior care provider can even remind the older adult when it is time to give pets their flea and tick preventatives.
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