Summer Tick Control: Your Essential Guide to a Tick-Free Summer
- June 18, 2019
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Summer is less than two weeks away and, as we inch closer to it, we begin to spend more time outside with friends and family. While we enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, we are also dealing with pesky bugs that seem to swarm around us at every turn. Some of those bugs are nothing more than a nuisance and inconvenience. Others are much more than that. Some summer bugs are actually dangerous, including ticks, making summer tick control a must.
Ticks some of the most dangerous pests in America and their population is on the rise, prompting health officials to warn the public to beware. Ticks are known to infect over 300,000 people each year with Lyme disease and they’re also transmittors of other diseases like babesosis and anaplasmosis. Protecting your home and your loved ones from ticks this summer is a must. Here is your guide to summer tick control and how you can create a tick-free environment all summer long!
Ticks live near their hosts. The three most common hosts for ticks are pets that roam outdoors (dogs and cats), deer, and humans. This means ticks are never far from your home. They’re most commonly found in wooded, shaded areas where they can hide as they wait for their next blood meal to pass by. Once the tick finds a suitable host, it will latch on to feed, detach, and reproduce. Then they wait for the next potential host to walk by and the cycle continues.
Simply knowing the areas where ticks prefer to hide is a big step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from a tick bite. You are now prepared to take the proper precautions when entering an area where ticks may be present.
Whether you’re hiking, camping, or simply going for a walk in a wooded area, you’re going to want to be vigilant for ticks.
If ticks are able to hunker down around your home, they can reproduce at a rapid rate, creating an infestation before you know it. Be aware, be vigilant, and your home and loved ones will be protected.
In the unfortunate circumstance where you do get bit by a tick, it’s important to be ready to act appropriately. Remove the tick promptly and gently. Using tweezers or a tick hook, grab hold of the tick as close to your skin as possible. Gently pull up, towards the ceiling, until the tick has been removed from your skin. Upon removal, save the tick in a sealed container. If further symptoms occur, your doctor may want to examine the tick.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not safe to use fire, salt, nail polish, or any other substance to remove ticks. Don’t ever use your bare hands either. Following removal, wash your hands and the area around where you were bitten with warm water.
The best way to protect your home from ticks this summer is to call the experts at Farison lawn care. Our team will create a barrier around your residence to keep the ticks away. This will create a safe space for your friends and family to enjoy, all summer long.