Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in Lake County, WI & Northern Illinois
Of all the bugs out there, ticks are among the most repulsive.
They glom onto a host. Crawl around. Dig in. Gorge on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are increasing in Lake County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Mild winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks Can Spread Lyme Disease
Ticks are revolting insects. They can be dangerous, too. The pinhead-size deer tick (one of two tick species in this area) can carry Lyme disease. Its symptoms include a ring-shaped rash and fatigue; long-term effects can extend to harming organs and the nervous system. Permanent disability is a very real possibility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually. Don’t be one in Lake County. If you have ticks in your yard or are worried about the possibility, contact The Mosquito Guy
A single tick protection application by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to thirty days. Late spring and early summer are peak tick season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is recommended. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take protective measures on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try building distinct paths between lawn and wooded areas comprised of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect against ticks. Tucking pants into socks or boots creates a tight barrier. Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot.
Powerful tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back indoors, check your whole body for ticks. They tend to hide, so don’t miss your body’s natural areas of cover: hair, scalp, armpits, groin and behind the knee. Even wood ticks, the other common species in Lake County, are only about a quarter-inch long (before blood siphoning, that is). Don’t be modest about searching, lest you miss a hitchhiker.
If you identify one, here’s how to remove it: Grab with a tweezer as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up and out.
Don’t forget to examine pets, too. If your dog or cat wanders tick territory, a vet can apply or suggest a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The ideal approach, of course, is to make your yard as unwelcoming to ticks as possible … and that’s where The Mosquito Guy can help. Contact us for a yard application to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your mental well-being.