Of all the creepy-crawlies 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 rising in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are repulsive 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 harming 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 time, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is advised. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take protective measures on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try crafting distinctive 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 protect against ticks. Tucking pants into socks or boots creates a tight barrier. Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks more visible.
Powerful 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 overlook 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 modest 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 check pets, too. If your pet roams tick habitat, a vet can apply or suggest a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The most thorough 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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