STARI Versus Lyme: No Clear Winner for Alabama Residents

Most Alabama residents are aware that ticks are in our state. The actual number and whether they are increasing is not readily known since there is no continual tick surveillance program like on the East coast. What is known however, is that while the tick population may be lower here, they are still able to transmit diseases to you, your family and pets with a single bite and they are now packing a potent punch here in the south with a illness similar to Lyme Disease.


Lone Star tick transmits STARI
Lone Star tick transmits STARI

Lyme Disease has been well documented and spoken about in the past several years because it is on the rise in many states. In fact, 95% of the Lyme Disease cases that have been confirmed come from just 13 Northeastern States. But there’s a tick-borne virus being transmitted to people along the Southern states that mimics Lyme Disease and its hitting much closer to home. Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI) is transmitted by the Lone Star tick but the similarities and differences between the two illnesses are so close, it was initially thought that STARI was caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease.


Mosquito Squad of Birmingham is committed to keeping our community safe from tick and mosquito-borne viruses. Knowledge is key so we’ve put together a comparison of STARI versus Lyme Disease so you will know what to look for if bitten by a tick.


Transmitted by Lone Star Tick Black-legged, or deer, tick
Early Symptoms fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear
Late Symptoms arthritis, neurologic disease, or chronic symptoms
Bacterium Unknown Borrelia burgdorferi
Bite of the tick Saliva may cause irritation, redness & discomfort May go unnoticed
Treatment Antibiotics. Recovery seems to be faster than Lyme. Antibiotics. Recovery seems to take longer than STARI


Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.
Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.

As with all ticks, the best practice is prevention. Since ticks can be tiny, about the size of a poppy seed, they are often difficult to see and even detect on your body. That is why an effective tick control is program is optimal for your yard. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s dual-step intensive tick control treatment is so effective; we back it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our EPA-registered barrier spray is applied every 21-days to the foliage and tall grasses in your yard. Ticks, waiting in these areas for a host to brush by, are eliminated on contact. The barrier spray continues to wipe out tick for up to 21 days and creates a virtual barricade around the perimeter of your yard to keep additional ticks from entering. Our second step includes the use of tick tubes strategically placed around your yard to eliminate the smaller nymph ticks hiding out on rodents and in their dens. The elimination occurs when the tick tube’s treated cotton is taken back by rodents to use as nesting material. The cotton is safe for the rodents and birds but not for the ticks. Our barrier spray and tick tube combination will eliminate up to 97% of ticks in your yard and break the life cycle for future generations of ticks and their diseases.


Now is the peak time for ticks to bite and transmit diseases to our families and pets. Call Mosquito Squad of Birmingham to sign up the Birmingham’s most effective mosquito and tick control. Our seasonal packages will ensure protection all summer long so you don’t have to worry about STARI, Lyme Disease or any other illnesses that can be passed on by mosquitoes or ticks. Our consultation is always free and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Matt & Marty Lange copy

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham

(205) 380-7755