Of all the bugs out there, ticks are among the most disgusting.
They glom onto a host. Crawl around. Dig in. Feed on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick numbers are increasing in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Mild winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are repellent insects. 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 treatment by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to thirty 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 protective steps on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try building distinctive 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 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 advised.
Once back inside, check your entire body for ticks. They prefer 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 hesitant 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 pet 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 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 mental well-being.
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