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It's Tick Season! Tips For a Tick-Free Summer

posted this on Jun 20, 2017

tick on a fingerSummer weather brings a lot of opportunities for fun activities for families--outdoor play for the kids, camping and pool time—but it also presents opportunities for ticks to find a human host to bite and latch onto.

 

Ticks love to make their presence felt during the summer months and are a substantial problem throughout much of the United States. This summer alone has seen a rise in tick threats and tick problems which pest control companies have gotten calls about. This has many experts worried because of the risk of disease which ticks tend to carry.

 

Aside from being annoying, painful and hard to remove, ticks are known for carrying a disease known as Lyme disease, which is caused by bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease from the bite of a tick, every year. There are also other diseases which ticks can pass off to us which result in malaria or flu-like symptoms.

 

While ticks may be on the rise during this time of the year, there are some ways that people can avoid their clamping bites aside from avoiding tall grass and covering up. The experts here at Solutions Pest & Lawn have put together 10 ways you can prevent tick bites and still enjoy yourself this summer.

 

1. Tick Treatment

 

No need to call the professionals to deal with ticks in and around your property, you can do it yourself! There are a number of effective Insecticides which can be used to repel and kill off ticks which we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

Bifenthrin and permethrin serve as fantastic killers and repellers of adult ticks as well as those in their larval stage, called nymphs, which are the most likely culprit to spread Lyme disease. We recommend using Reclaim IT which contains the active ingredient of bifenthrin to treat your yard and create a barrier to keep ticks out.

 

Permethrin based aerosol products like Microcare Insecticide Aerosol can serve as a great repellent by spraying it on your clothing, shoes and socks.

 

 

2. Be alert at home

 

As surprising as it may seem, hiking and camping outdoors isn’t the most common way to be bitten by ticks. The majority of tick bites happen in and around the home, mainly from kids and pets playing around the yard or adults doing gardening.

 

We recommend parents and pet owners to keep their eyes peeled and perform tick checks on their children and pets when they’ve come in from outdoors.

 

3. Reduce Shade

 

Ticks thrive in areas that are cool, shady and damp. This is where they enjoy breeding as well. This is because tick nymphs have outer covers which tend to lose a lot of moisture quickly. Because of their leaky cuticles, they are not able to survive in areas with low humidity for very long.

 

This is why they gather in leaf piles and shady, humid areas. By staying in areas where there isn’t a lot of shade, you can reduce your chances of being targeted by ticks.

 

Trimming back the trees and bushes near your home and cutting the lawn low can help immensely by taking away those areas which they love congregating in so much. Also making sure to pick up and remove any leaf litter around your home is also a great practice to make your yard an unsavory place for ticks to reside.

 

tick dog4. Treat your Pets

 

Much like fleas, the reason ticks often make their way into your home is from hitching a ride on your pet dog. Pet owners should always make it a habit to check their pets for bugs as soon as they come from indoors. If your pet does happen to come in and you suspect she has fleas, give them a good washing using some topical treatments which we carry such as Martin’s Prefurred which we have for either dogs or cats. We also recommend using a spray such as Petcor so they do not continue to spread the infestation.

 

Pets are usually the gateway to tick problems for humans so this important action will cut off a tick infiltration indoors before it gets worse.

 

5. Cover up

 

Covering your body is an important tip to keep one safe from ticks biting and making you a host, however it may be easier said than done during the summer months when it’s just way too hot to tuck your pants into your socks. If it isn’t too hot, wearing long sleeves and pants can prevent tick bites but on during higher temperatures, the new worry of heat stroke may arise.

By following the other tips we have laid out, you may not have to cover up as much during the summer heat.

 

6. Wear Lighter Clothes

 

No matter what you wear out, it is highly recommended that your clothes be lighter colored in the summer time, not just because of the suns rays but because of ticks. Ticks which are in the nymph stage are the size of a small poppy seed, so by wearing lighter-colored apparel like white socks and pants, you can have an easier time spotting them on you and seeing if they’ve hitched a ride.

 

 

7. Inspect in the Shower

 

After being outside in the summer, taking a nice refreshing shower can feel amazing. Aside from cooling feeling, it is also recommended to get in the shower and give yourself a nice rinse and inspection especially if you have been out doing activities where ticks could have jumped onto you.

 

People who are in the habit of removing their clothing and tossing them in the washer and dryer and then showering immediately after being outdoors are much less likely to get Lyme disease from ticks.

8. Tick Removal

 

Sometimes, despite your best efforts and precautions, people do still get bitten by ticks, they’re persistent like that. If this does happen, it is important to remove the tick immediately with the help of some tweezers or forceps. Ticks have quite a grip so these tools should be a part of everyone’s drawers.

 

Once the tick is removed, go visit a doctor to be on the safe side, especially if you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms or are suffering a rash where the tick was biting you. It’s also important to not get rid of the tick but bring it into a state health department for testing to see if the tick is carrying any diseases.

 

We hope this list helps you to stay tick-free this summer. If you want more information or would like to shop our recommended tick control products, visit our tick control page here.

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