Whether you’re exploring through the woods or lounging in your backyard, crawling bugs are an ever-present nuisance. And while most are harmless, it’s best to keep your distance. Ticks are a particular cause for concern in the summer months when outdoor activities are the most popular. These too are generally harmless though some can transmit diseases. You may have heard of Lyme disease. It is the most prevalent tick-transmitted disease and can cause some painful symptoms. So this summer, be sure to avoid ticks and their associated diseases it at all costs.
Lyme disease develops with the transmission of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi from black-legged ticks. This species of ticks are found in the Northeastern and upper mid-western regions of the US. You’ll know you’ve come down with the illness if you experience symptoms, including headaches, fever, and joint and muscle aches. And, one of the most telling signs of Lyme disease is a bull’s eye-resemblant rash. Upon spotting these signs of the disease, make sure to seek immediate treatment. Without medical attention, Lyme disease can lead to arthritis, nerve pain, and even short-term memory complications.
How to prevent tick bites:
- As you embark on your Summer travels, know which regions of the US, and even your state, are more likely to have ticks. Take extra precaution when visiting the mid-Atlantic, North-central states such as Wisconsin and Minnesota, and parts of the West Coast. Within these states, you’ll most likely encounter a tick in wooded areas, but could also be found in a backyard.
- Regularly mow your lawn. Ticks and their larva love nice, tall grass. So, in deterring them from your yard and home, make your grass less enticing. A well-manicured lawn will be less welcoming to all sorts of critters.
- Use your clothing as a defense. While tucking your pant legs into your socks may not be your best fashion statement, it could help prevent a tick bite. Wear long sleeves and rubber boots and don’t forget to tuck everything in! You’ll avoid ticks and look great at the same time!
- After being outside for an extended period, make sure to check for ticks and take a shower as soon as possible. Thoroughly check vulnerable areas on your body, including your armpits, groin area, naval, the backs of your knees and your hairline.
- Wear bug repellant. Ingredients such as DEET and picaridin will fend off all sorts of bugs, including ticks. When you wander into the woods, make sure to apply this effective form of defense.
- Make sure to regularly check your pets for ticks as well. Your dogs and cats have few ways in which to protect themselves. And so, when they explore through tall vegetation, conduct a thorough check for ticks when they return. This habit will ensure the health of your pets and even prevent you from getting bitten as well.
Ticks may be among the creepiest and even dangerous pests around. But there are several ways to prevent their nuisance. With thoughtful prevention and some thinking-ahead, you can stay protected no matter where you venture this summer. And for all of your bug-repelling needs, call on us at Pete’s Termite and Pest Control!. When bugs get the best of you, do not hesitate to reach out for our expert extermination services.