All About Ticks & Tick Control. A Primer for Summer.
By Viking Pest Control
If you have been in a wooded area or other area where you suspect you may have been exposed to ticks, you need to inspect yourself, others in your party, and any pets for ticks. If you encounter ticks, you can safely remove ticks yourself using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, by following the basic steps:
- Do a thorough tick check. Ticks are prone to hide in warm, moist areas, so you want to be sure and check underarms, belly buttons, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, in and around the ears, and in and around the hair. In addition, it is a good idea to check dog’s gums for ticks; dogs have to pant to keep cool, which means they have open mouths, providing the warm, moist environment that ticks love!
- Shower within two hours of coming indoors from tick-infested areas; it has been proven to reduce the risk of Lyme disease.\
- No need to buy a special tick removal tool; a pair of fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick close to the surface of the skin.
- Pull upward with a steady, even pressure avoiding twisting or jerking motions that can cause parts of the tick to break off and stay in the skin. If any parts do break off, remove them individually with the tweezers.
- Clean the area thoroughly with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or iodine.
- Dispose of the tick by submersing it in alcohol, flushing it down the toilet, placing it in a sealed container or bag, or tightly wrapping it in tape.
Of course, as with everything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For ticks, modifying your lawn and using a pesticide can dramatically reduce the tick population, greatly reducing the likelihood that you or your family will be exposed to Lyme disease.
Yards should be kept clear of brush and tall grasses, play equipment and other recreational items should be kept away from vegetation, and pets should be kept on pest control to prevent tick infestations.
Viking Pest control can also apply an acaracide to control the tick population in your yard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even a single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of the species of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68%-100%.
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Ticks can be a real distraction and deterrent from enjoying your own back yard during spring, summer and fall. Why not take action and fight back against the pests that can ruin your evening outside? With YARD GUARD™, you will protect your outdoor space and control the breeding populations of Ticks.