Deer Ticks Can Take a Hike

Did you know that Lyme Disease is the single most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States? One of the biggest carriers are deer ticks, and dealing with this pest before it decides to deal with you is an absolute must.

What Are They?

Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are known to hide and live in grass and shrubs waiting for a host to feed on. They generally feed on deer, though, hence the name deer ticks.  Baby ticks or nymphs are known to feed on other animals like skunks, raccoons, and even humans.

Are They Actually Worrisome?

There’s much to worry about with deer ticks. Besides the “ick” factor of having a tick feed on your blood, a deer tick bite means the potential of contracting¬†Lyme disease. This serious illness that is characterized by a bulls-eye shaped skin rash. Lyme disease can cause fever, headache, and fatigue not to mention if left untreated the disease can affect your heart and nervous system. If you suspect Lyme disease after a tick bite, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Protecting Yourself

To prevent a bite from this notorious arachnid, use appropriate bug repellent like those that contain DEET. If you know you will be spending time outdoors with the possibility of coming in contact with deer ticks, wear long sleeves and protective shoes and socks. Spray your clothes with a bug spray that contains DEET, and when going back indoors, inspect clothing and body including scalp covered by hair.

If you do find a tick that has managed to get a bite in you, slowly and carefully remove the tick being careful not to leave the head remaining in your skin. If a bite does occur you want to work to remove the tick without causing infection.

Protecting Your Yard

To keep deer ticks out of your yard and away from wooded areas that you frequent, take precautions like keeping strange animals away. Clear grass and brush from areas close to your home, and if necessary, use pesticides to control and remove tick populations. Ransford Environmental Solutions uses a natural pesticide to remove ticks from your yard. With two short treatments your yard will be safe to enjoy all year round.

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