Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in McHenry County, WI & Northern IL
Of all the insects out there, ticks are among the most disgusting.
They latch onto a host. Crawl around. Dig in. Feast on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are growing in McHenry County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a robust deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks Can Spread Lyme Disease
Ticks are disgusting creatures. They can be dangerous, too. The pinhead-size deer tick (one of two tick species in this area) can harbor 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.
A single tick protection application by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to 30 days. Late spring and early summer are peak tick time, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is recommended. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take safety steps on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try creating separate paths between lawn and wooded areas made of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re out and about, 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 less able to hide.
Powerful tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back inside, check your whole body for ticks. They like to hide, so don’t overlook 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 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 pet wanders tick territory, a vet can apply or suggest a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The best 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.