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This is a disease that is spread by rodents, so you have to take steps to avoid having rodents in your home. You need to do things like:
- Sealing holes where rodents can enter.
- Setting traps
- Eliminating food sources as much as possible
- Cleaning any areas where rodents have been living by wetting everything down with bleach and then removing it (rather than by vacuuming or doing other things that would stir up dust).
It's also vital to remember that many rodents hang out near water, when thinking about the risks of Lyme Disease. They often have holes in river banks, or lake banks, swim and excrete into the water. So water-sports enthusiasts such as wind-surfers,swimmers,sailors and even fishermen should take precautions to cover up, use a wet suit, check out water quality and to get advice from a warden.
And then there are the rodents that are kept as pets.
Children and adults, after playing with the rodents should wash hands properly with soap and water or use sanitizers that contain alcohol. The cage in which the rodents live should be kept very clean and all debris removed regularly. The cleaning also should be done in an open space outside the house.
While buying a pet one should ensure the seller's facility is clean and the pet is healthy and active. One could also take the help of a vet if required.
Rodents should not be brought close to the face and in case of any bites a medical practitioner's advice should be sought.
A lot of people think that they are not at risk for ticks because there are none in their area. However, you can unwittingly travel to an area that does have ticks, even if you are not in the woods. If you bring your dog with you, the tick could be transferred.
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