No one is a fan of ticks. In fact, many people wait with bated breath for tick season to be over! It’s never a good idea to let down your guard in the battle against ticks, however, since they can transmit disease. The point is, you should be diligent year round to help prevent tick bites.
Prime-Time for Ticks
Late summer is like a tick’s swan song – they are, quite unfortunately, a big problem this time of year. This is because landscapes have had time to flourish all summer long and now are a great place for tick’s to take up residence. Overgrown trees and bushes make great homes for late-summer ticks, and it’s easy for them to come into contact with you and your animals. So, you need to stay alert and watch for ticks even as fall draws near!
What to Look For
If you get bitten by a tick there are a few things you need to be on the lookout for to know if you’ve contracted a tick-borne illness. You will most likely suffer from fever and chills, aches, pains and even a rash that is quite unique. Make sure you check with your doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms. Your doctor should be familiar with the most common diseases passed on by ticks in your area.
What You Can Do
Just because the dog days of summer are waning doesn’t mean you should let down your defenses against ticks. Make sure to look for them when you’re out and about in your yard. Take preventative measures all of the time, especially if you work outside. Also make sure to wear appropriate clothing if you’re going to be working in areas where you know ticks can be lurking. Long pants tucked into boots and long-sleeved shirts are going to be your first line of defense.
Look yourself over, too. If you’ve been working outside do an inspection to make sure a tick hasn’t hitched a ride on you! Do this at least once a day, more if you can.
Also, don’t go in the bushes and trees if you can avoid it. Ticks wait around on leaves and bushes and wait for a creature they can latch onto to come along. Don’t be that creature! If you can’t avoid going through overgrown areas, make sure you take care and be on alert!
Don’t forget, too, that the best defense against ticks is a good offense. This can mean calling in a local pest control company to treat the property. Your local pest control company will know where ticks are most likely to be located and will take the proper measures, such as pesticide barriers and exclusion methods, to keep them at bay. They will do an inspection of your property and will then be able to make recommendations about what treatments and precautions will work best for your particular space.
The key to protecting yourself against ticks and tick-borne illnesses is to educate yourself and those around you. Everyone needs to know how to protect themselves against ticks and how to navigate a landscape that is teeming with ticks.
You can take a step in the right direction by making sure to treat your property for ticks. Local pest management companies can help to guide you but you have to be the one to call them in! If you see a problem on your property with ticks you ultimately have to be the one to make the call for professional help in taming them! So make sure to call a tick-expert in your area today!