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Alternative EarthCare Discussing 3 Harmful Diseases Spread by Ticks this Spring


February 9, 2020


Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and hampton’s tick control service, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

Ticks are a huge problem on Long Island, particularly on the east-end, and their populations continue to rise. Ticks pose a very real danger to both people and pets, spreading diseases with symptoms that range from a rash, nausea, and headache, to symptoms such as chronic fatigue and joint pain, and even organ failure. Suffolk and Nassau residents should take every precaution available to protect themselves, their families, and their pets from tick bites. Avoid tick habitats, keep covered when outdoors, scan body and pets for ticks after time spent outdoors, and have a professional treat the property. Ticks spread a wide range of diseases, some more dangerous and common in the area than others. Alternative EarthCare lists three harmful diseases spread by ticks in the summer.












  • Lyme disease Probably the most well-known tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. This disease often impacts the victim long after the initial symptoms have subsided with symptoms that can reoccur after long periods of time when not treated properly. The first sign of a Lyme infected tick bite is a ring-shaped rash, though there are cases of people being infected with Lyme disease and showing no signs of the tell-tale rash. Lyme is frequently accompanied by symptoms such as fevers, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, nausea, and chronic fatigue. In extreme cases, sufferers may experience effects on the nervous system, including meningitis, encephalitis, and cranial neuritis. If left untreated, peripheral neuropathy, including Bell’s palsy could occur.


  • Babesiosis Transmitted by the deer tick, which is extremely common on Long Island, people suffering from Babesiosis can experience very long-lasting symptoms that can continue for months in some cases. Babesiosis causes a weakened immune system, which can lead to other issues in itself and can even be fatal when untreated. Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, chills, nausea, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases, Babesiosis can lead to respiratory, renal, liver, and heart failure, and can additionally cause disseminated intravascular coagulation and comas.


  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever Don’t be fooled by the name; though the Rocky Mountain wood tick commonly transmits this disease, it is also spread by both the brown dog tick and the American dog tick, both commonly found on Long Island. Symptoms start to present themselves about two-fourteen days after being bitten. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and stiffness, severe headaches, vomiting, and the tell-tale rash. Rocky Mountain spotted fever rashes typically start small and spread out across extremities. At its worst, Rocky Mountain spotted fever can cause internal organ damage, gangrene and skin necrosis, and damage to the central nervous system, respiratory system, renal system, and gastrointestinal system.


Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End of Long Island and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.