Of all the insects out there, ticks are among the most disgusting.
They latch onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feed on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are growing in Racine County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are disgusting creatures. They can be hazardous, 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 application by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to thirty days. Late spring and early summer are peak tick season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is advised. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take deterrent measures on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try building distinctive paths between lawn and wooded areas using wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re out and about, 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 easier to spot.
Strong tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back inside, check your whole body for ticks. They prefer 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 Racine 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 locate 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 roams tick habitat, a vet can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The most thorough 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 treatment to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your sanity.
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