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 numbers are increasing in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a robust deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are revolting insects. They can be hazardous, 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 damaging 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 season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is recommended. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take preventive actions on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try crafting distinctive 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 guard against ticks. Tucking pants into socks or boots creates a tight barrier. Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks less able to hide.
Strong tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back indoors, 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 Ozaukee 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 inspect pets, too. If your dog or cat wanders tick habitat, a veterinarian can apply or suggest a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The smartest 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 application to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your sanity.
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