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Lyme Disease and Borrelia Mayonii

Lyme disease is enough to scare people into tick-repellent and caution against hiking in the woods unprotected, but scientists have just discovered a new bacterium which causes Lyme Disease.

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Scientists from Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic have reported a new bacterium which has recently begun to make people sick.  While Borrelia burgdorferi is the predominant causative agent in Lyme Disease, Mayo Clinic scientists have discovered a new genome of bacteria now called Borrelia mayonii (“Mayonii” pays homage to the scientists of the Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic.

The Symptoms of Borrelia mayoniiWestchester Tree Life

Similar to Borrelia burgdorferi, researchers believe Borrelia mayonii is also transmitted to humans through black-legged ticks (commonly known as deer ticks).  The symptoms of Borrelia mayonii are:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • diffuse rashes (rather than a single bull’s-eye rash associated with Lyme Disease)
  • higher concentration of bacteria in the blood

Treatment of Borrelia mayonii

Patients infected with Borrelia mayoni who underwent treatment for their symptoms recovered.  Treatment included antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease.

The CDC recommends that health care providers who are caring for patients infected with Borrelia mayonii follow the antibiotic regimen described by the infectious Diseases Society of America.

Read more about Borrelia mayonii from this informative NPR article, here.

Preventing Ticks with Tick Sprays

The single most effective way to reduce blacklegged (deer) ticks in your yard is by insecticide applications that are applied mainly to the yard perimeter, shady perennial beds or along trails and paths in woods.


Tick Chart

Tick Lifecycle Chart via EMedicineHealth.com

Westchester Tree Life wants to ensure that you safely enjoy the outdoors this summer!  Prevent tick-borne disease and tick bites this summer with the help of tick sprays from Westchester Tree Life’s certified professionals!

Protect Your Family from Ticks

Tick Spraying Westchester Tree Life

Image via TickEncounter.org

Protect your family from ticks this summer with a perimeter spray treatment.  When applied to the perimeter of your yard and areas where friends and family frequent, tick sprays are effective in decreasing the odds of tick-bites and tick-borne illness.

Tick Sprays Are Environmentally-Friendly

The chemicals which are used in our tick control sprays are low in concentration, and do not leach through soil, making them environmentally-safe.  The main chemicals in tick spray treaments are Bifenthrin and Permenthrin; these chemicals are broken down by the soil’s micro-organisms resting within the top 4 centimeters of the soil’s surface.

Tick Zones

Yard Woodland

Image via OurHomeintheWoods.com

Knowing your property’s tick-zones is the first step in taking action.  Deer ticks are usually found near ornamental gardens, shady areas and at the border of wooded areas.  Properly maintaining your yard by raking leaves, trimming unruly shrubs and properly pruning low branches decreases the places where ticks like to hide.  Westchester Tree Life’s professional arborists can assist you in keeping your yard safe and well-maintained, decreasing the risk of tick encounters.


Tip:  Do you have a property bordered by a heavily-wooded area?  Bring awareness to this area where ticks linger, by creating a border of wood chips, stone or other landscaping material.  If you have children, this is a great way to serve as a reminder of tick-safe and tick-danger zones!