There is something exceedingly disturbing about a bug that bores into your skin, attaches itself for hours, and sucks your blood. No one likes finding a tick on them, whether it is attached or just crawling around. Ticks are creepy. But, sadly, that is not the end of it. Ticks are also responsible for causing dangerous illnesses like Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tularemia, STARI, RMSF, anaplasmosis, Colorado tick fever, rickettsiosis, and more. These are bugs that no one needs crawling around on them–or crawling around in their yard.
If you’ve found ticks in your yard, or ticks on your body, here are a few things you should know:
- Routine checks for ticks are vital for health and safety. Catching ticks early can completely prevent illness or reduce the impact of illness. Always check yourself, your kids, and your pets when coming back into the house from any grassy areas.
- Ticks don’t fall down from trees, fly, or jump. They sit on grass or foliage and cling on as a host creature passes by. Therefore, the best way to stop ticks is to take measures that address them in this way. Wear light-colored clothing so you can see them if they have gotten on to you and they are climbing up. And consider wearing an insect repellent that has picaridin in it.
- Be cautious when removing ticks. There are tick removal kits available that will allow you to pinch them at the head and pull them off. Be careful not to pinch their abdomen. This could force unwanted bacterium into the bite wound, and increase your chances of illness.
- Keeping pests out of your yard and out of your home will reduce your exposure to ticks. If you have passing deer, a fence will help to keep them out. If you have raccoons, skunks, and other animals that get into your trash, sealing and securing your trash will go a long way to keeping these pests away. If you have rodents in your home, consider having a pest control company resolve this issue.
- Professional mosquito control programs also help to control ticks in your yard.
Ticks are a serious threat in Knoxville. If you need assistance protecting your family and your pets from all of the many illnesses these bugs are associated with, reach out to your local pest control company for advice or treatment.
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