TICK PREVENTION TIPS FOR RESIDENTS
Spring and summer proves to be the most desired time of the year for most residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Sad to say, the year is also showing signs of a heavier than normal infestation of ticks. The thought of outdoor sports, activities and camping brings with it much trepidation. No one wants to be bitten by a bloodthirsty tick; especially one that could possibly be transmitting dreaded diseases.
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How Can I Prevent Ticks?
Even though preventive measures are recommended year round, it is especially advisable to be observant during the months between April and September. Exercise much vigilance with the following tick prevention tips to reduce the risks of being bitten by a tick:
- Avoid direct contact with ticks by staying away from wooded areas and areas with tall weeds and bushes.
- Keep your distance from tree limbs and tall grass by staying in the center of trails when hiking.
- Having a good knowledge of where ticks are likely to be will help reduce your chances of contact.
- Wear light colored clothing when hiking, camping or participating in outdoor activities. A tick can be more easily spotted on light colored clothing. Use the buddy system and inspect each other often during your outing and prior to going back indoors.
- Ticks often come into the home riding on your pets. Use tick collars, shampoos and veterinary approved top spot type treatments on your pets.
- Keep in mind that deer also transport ticks onto your property. Avoid feeding deer or any other activity that may attract them.
- Keep all leaf litter removed and grass cut short. Clear brush and tall grass from your lawn.
- Check clothing thoroughly for ticks immediately after coming inside.
- Shower soon after coming inside. This will not only rinse off an unattached tick but will also allow you to perform a detailed tick inspection all over your body. Be sure to look closely at your hair, under arms, behind knees and around your waist.
One should respond quickly in the event an attached tick is found on you or a member of your family. Forget the old remedies of using nail polish, salve or heat to make them detach. Quickly remove the tick by grasping the tick as close to the skin as possible using fine-tipped tweezers. Pull straight up with a constant, even pressure. Try not to twist or jerk the tick as portions of the mouth may break off inside the skin. Wash thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and then soap and water.
If you’re on the receiving end of a tick bite, be sure to monitor for symptoms of Lyme disease and contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
You local pest control professionals at Viking Pest Control are ready to protect your family and pets this year. For more information on our Yard Guard Mosquito and Tick Treatment please contact us today!