Ticks show up as the weather warms up. This year, though, experts have suggested that tick control is going to be far more serious than usual, and that means you should know more than ever how to prevent ticks from causing serious harm to your family.
This Year is Different
Wondering why this year is predicted to be particularly bad? It’s actually a combination of factors. The milder winter certainly has something to do with it, but so does the large number of acorns in the Northeast during the last year. Researchers at Bard College have found that, as the number of acorns in the fall increases, so does the population of mice the following spring and summer. The larger the number of mice, the higher the population of ticks. For humans, that means a much higher rate of tick-born health conditions like Lyme disease.
What You Can Do to Prevent Ticks
There are several things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your property from the threat of ticks.
To Protect Your Property
Make certain you remove any leaf litter.
- If you have tall grasses or brush around your home, keep it away from the space where you’re outside most often. Consider placing a three-foot barrier of wood chips between your lawn and the brush around your home to help restrict the migration of ticks.
- Mow as often as needed. Ticks love taller lawns, and mowing regularly can help to diminish the population.
- Give us a call. We offer tick treatments for your yard that can help keep them away this year.
To Protect Your Family
Pick you clothes you wear carefully.
- Wear lighter colored clothing to help you spot any ticks that land on you immediately.
- Always wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when you’re outside. Make certain you wear close-toed shoes and your pant legs get tucked into your socks.
- Check your clothes and exposed skin on a regular basis if you’re going to be outside for some time.
- Use a tick repellant that contains DEET according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Tick season could be more serious than you think this year. Be careful!