WASHINGTON – Ticks are most well-known for spreading lyme disease, but there are other tick-borne diseases to worry about in the D.C. area.

There have been 11 case of Rocky Mountain Fever reported so far this year in Fairfax County, and another four in Prince William County, David Gaines, the public health entomologist for Virginia tells InsideNova.com. A case of the disease has also been reported in Maryland.

The disease is carried by the American Dog Tick, and caused two deaths last year.

The symptoms are a sudden onset of a moderate to high fever, severe headaches, fatigue, deep muscle pain, chills and a rash. They usually appear within two weeks of the bite of an infected tick.

Ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis are other diseases carried by ticks that have similar symptoms to RMSF.

An annual average of one case of RMSF had been reported a year until an upswing began about five years ago because of the increase in the deer population.

Gaines says the most common tick in Virginia is the Lone Star Tick, which carries ehrlichiosis

The best way to avoid any tick-borne illness is to avoid being bitten by a tick or letting a tick stay on you long enough to transfer the diseases.

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Get the latest news and special offers from ProTech Pest Control



Areas
We Serve

Areas We Serve

ProTech is one of Northern Virginia's leading full-service residential and commercial pest control company. Whether you have termites, bed bugs or other unwanted pests, ProTech can help.

Learn More

K-9
Pest Detection

K-9 Pest Detection

ProTech Pest Control is proud to be the employer of Inspectors Marlowe & Roxy – The Metro Area’s ONLY “World Detector Dog Organization” Double Blind Certified Termite & Bed Bug Detection K-9 Teams!

Learn More

The Five-Step Solution
Spectraguard

The Five-Step Solution Spectraguard

SpectraGuard is a 5-Step integrated pest management solution that involves a detailed inspection, tailored assessment and professional treatment with on-going monitoring and management.

Learn More