Ticks are a dangerous nuisance, bringing Lyme disease and other dangerous situations for you and your family. While you can’t rid a hotel room or campsite of ticks there are a few things you can do to keep your yard tick-free and safe.
Keep your lawn clear of debris from trees or other foliage, Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to not do well in sunny, dry areas. Keep compost piles away from children play areas and heavy foot traffic; keep them separated from grassy areas with wood chips or gravel. You may also want to keep playground equipment, decks, or patios away from areas with a lot of trees.
Deer coming to your garden or bushes can be cute and lead to a higher tick population, so choose greenery deer avoid or set up barriers that prevent them from getting into your yard or near your home. Ask your local nursery which plants are best for your unique situation.
No yard is without a possible hotspot, but checking these spots provides better control and prevention from Ticks growing in number. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are popular hiding spots; make sure they’re clear.
Pets are just as susceptible to tick-based diseases, and can also carry infected ticks into your home. Check with your pet’s Vet and use approved tick collars, oral and skin products or sprays to ensure your pet stays tick-free.
When working, camping, or walking in a habitat where ticks may be present, a few simple precautions can reduce your chance of being bitten. Cover your body as much as possible; wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Keep it all tucked in, with your pant legs tucked into long thick socks or boots and your shirt into pants to keep ticks outside your clothing and easier to spot and remove.
If a tick attaches, it’s important to remove it quickly. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Avoid removing ticks with bare hands and never twist or jerk the tick, which can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain attached to the skin. If this happens, remove the parts with tweezers if possible.
Once the tick is removed, disinfect the area and wash your hands. If you develop a fever, rash, or aches and pains within a month of finding an attached tick; tell your physician immediately. The date you were bitten and the area will help your doctor diagnose any tick related illnesses.
Constantly Check Your Pets
Since household pets go back and forth between indoors and out, ticks will jump onto them to feed and hitchhike into your life. If your pet is inside when the ticks dislodge themselves, you will be stuck with ticks in your home. So thoroughly check your pets when they come in along with examining yourself if you were out with them.
If you have pets you constantly scratching with the presence of black spots around their bedding, it is very likely you have fleas. The black spots are signs of eggs and dried blood; constant scratching is in response to bites, which indicates a pet/flea problem. You’ll recognize fleabites as small, red bumps that don’t swell as much as mosquito bites. If your pet is still scratching or biting itself without any signs of fleas, check with your vet about skin allergies or vitamin deficiencies.
With fleas targeting pets and animals more often than humans, it is important to properly check your pet and treat any signs of fleas (or Ticks) to prevent their entry to your home.
Vacuuming often is a great way to remove fleas without too much effort, as they tend to wander around the floor when they are not attached to a host. You can also thoroughly wash any and all fabrics in your home especially any suspect, pet bedding or clothing. If your flea problem is serious, you will want to get the services of a professional exterminator, contact us now!