The Time to Plan for Tick Prevention Season is Now
Contrary to popular belief, ticks don’t die after the first frost. In fact, they don’t die at all during the winter. Species like the American dog tick and the Lone Star tick just aren’t active when it gets cold, but as spring approaches, they’re going to get more active by the moment. If you plan to be outside in the near future, it’s time to start preparing for tick prevention season now.
How to Prevent Ticks
Tick control starts with tick prevention. The single best thing you can do is to be aware. Ticks are found in grassy, open areas and wooded, brushy areas, so if you’re going to be out in spaces like that, you should probably be aware that ticks might be too. In fact, it’s a good idea to know if the spots you inhabit most – like those in which you live, work, and play – are at a high risk for tick problems. Ticks tend to be most active during the spring and fall, so be extra diligent during those seasons. Use a tick repellent containing DEET and consider using permethrin on your clothes and gear.
After You’ve Been Out
Prevention is great, but it doesn’t mean you’ll never find a tick on you. After you’ve been out, be sure to check for ticks. If you’re going to be out for several days, be sure to check for ticks at least once a day. As soon as you come in, take a bath or a shower to more easily find ticks that are crawling or attached to you.
If you find one, remove it as soon as you can to lower your risk of disease. A pair of tweezers should help you effectively remove the tick. Pull it out slowly and gently, then clean the area with soap and water. Be sure to check your clothes and your gear for additional ticks before you bring them inside.
To learn more about how Ransford can help control ticks in your yard, contact us today at 508-756-5197.