Be On the Lookout for Ticks
There are many things that you might not want to bring home after a nice walk in the outdoors but bringing a tick home with you is probably high on your list of things you would want to avoid. These disgusting little creatures flourish during the summer and can cause all kinds of health problems like Lyme Disease.
The best way to avoid tick bites is to prevent direct contact with them. Stay out of wooded and bushy areas with high grasses and a lot of leaves. When walking a trail, it’s best to make certain that you walk in the center of the trail. You should also use repellants that have 20% to 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing. This will last up to several hours. One other thing you can do is utilize products that have permethrin on clothing. When coming inside from an area that is infested with ticks, shower and check all over with a full length mirror. You will also want to inspect your pets, gear and clothing. Throwing your clothing into a dryer for an hour should kill any ticks that you missed.
Keep an eye on your pets, too, especially dogs. They are vulnerable to tick bites and tickborne diseases, so it’s essential to check them every day, especially when your dog comes in from outdoors. If you find any ticks, remove them immediately. As with humans, the best way to avoid ticks on your dog is by avoiding tick infested areas. You might also consider using a tick-repellent product. Lastly, you should talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating your dog for ticks.
To prevent ticks in your yard, keep your lawn mowed, and ensure it remains clear of leaf littler. You’ll also want to place a three foot barrier of wood chips or gravel between your yard and any forested areas. You can also keep wild animals out of your yard with a fence. The single best step you can take, though, is to contact us today to prevent tick problems this year.