Of all the creepy-crawlies out there, ticks are among the most disgusting.
They latch onto a host. Crawl around. Dig in. Gorge on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are increasing in McHenry County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Mild winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are revolting creatures. 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 damaging organs and the nervous system. Permanent disability is a very real possibility.
A single tick protection treatment by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to 30 days. Late spring and early summer are peak tick season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is endorsed. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take protective actions on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try creating separate paths between lawn and wooded areas comprised of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to shield 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 inside, check your entire 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 McHenry County, are only about a quarter-inch long (before blood siphoning, that is). Don’t be shy about searching, lest you miss a hitchhiker.
If you find 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 go over pets, too. If your dog or cat roams tick habitat, a veterinarian can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The best approach, of course, is to make your yard as inhospitable to ticks as possible … and that’s where The Mosquito Guy can help. Contact us for a yard treatment to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your peace of mind.
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