Tips for Tick Prevention This Summer
Act now to prevent ticks from ruining your summer. Fit Turf professional pest services can stop the problem before it starts.
If you’re hoping for a tick-free summer this year, keep on dreaming. New research reveals mice populations have grown tremendously in the northeastern U.S. That suggests these furry little carriers of Lyme disease will be more than capable of passing the disease along to ticks that skitter into our yards and bring the potential for a serious disease. How serious? Consider that Bell’s palsy, the swelling of joints, rashes, fatigue, depression and more are all symptoms of this serious condition. To protect your family against the onslaught of ticks this year, take several steps that will help ensure you are safe in your yard.
First, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and a good pair of socks whenever you head outside. It might not sound like the most appealing combination when the weather heats up, but it’s a smart way to keep the bugs at bay. You can even tuck your pant legs inside your socks for added protection.
Next, apply a tick repellant to your skin and the outside of your clothes. Those with the ingredient DEET are preferable. Be sure to read the product label before use. If you plan to spend time camping, you can purchase gear to which permethrin, a widely used insecticide, has been applied.
Third, scour your body thoroughly for ticks after you get back indoors. Start from your head and work your way to your toes. If you find a tick in the process, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible (do not grip the main body as this can push the blood into you, potentially spreading disease) and pull it away from your body. Avoid yanking it quickly off of your body, which can leave the creature’s mouthparts in your skin and cause health problems like infections. Then place the tick in the toilet and flush it before washing the tick bite well with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
If you suspect ticks are in your yard, get help from a professional with the expertise, equipment and supplies to solve the problem. Contact Fit Turf to learn how our team can help you enjoy your yard without the fear of ticks.