Ticks are on the rise across the United States. These little bloodsuckers are a menace to society, because they are everywhere and difficult to pry off yourself and your pets. If they become engorged with blood, they are large gray lumps that are even more disgusting and hard to separate from yourself or your animal. Ticks also carry some alarming diseases, so it’s best to avoid them altogether if possible. Here are some tips for tick prevention to make sure you and your pet have a great summer.
You may think you look ridiculous, but that’s better than ending up with Lyme Disease. Make sure every part of your body is covered when you go into the woods or tall grass. Ticks sense heat and will fall or latch onto anything passing by with a heat signature. Tuck your pants into your socks and make sure your sleeves are tight around your wrists. If you have one, a netted hat is also a good choice for going out walking in the wilderness.
Flea and Tick Collars for your Pet
Pets rely on you to look after them. They are unable to choose what they do or do not wear, so make sure that you are taking care of them by fitting them with a flea and tick collar. The powder on the collar repels ticks and you’ll have a much happier pet without them acting as rides for these hitchhiking parasites. Remember to check your pet over thoroughly when you get home, because ticks can easily hide in thick fur.
Anytime you come back in from outside, even if it’s just the backyard, check yourself over for ticks. Wood ticks are larger and easily visible to the naked eye. Deer ticks, which are the carriers of Lyme Disease, are harder to spot and around the size of a period on a page. Don’t let these creatures fool you. You are just as likely to encounter ticks in a suburban backyard as you are in the deep forest. Make sure you aren’t unwittingly bringing these insects into your home.
If you’re really concerned about ticks in your area, calling in professional help might be worthwhile. They can help with tick treatment and preventative measures, ensuring you and your family can enjoy the great outdoors without having to worry about these uninvited guests.
Ticks are a fact of life in many parts of the world. They are a creature we’d ultimately like to avoid, partly because they carry disease. These tips and tricks will help you and your family have a tick-free summer.