Of all the insects out there, ticks are among the most repellent.
They latch onto a host. Crawl around. Dig in. Gorge on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick numbers are rising in Racine County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Mild winters and a robust deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks are revolting creatures. 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 injuring organs and the nervous system. Permanent disability is a very real possibility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually. Don’t be one in Racine County. If you have ticks in your yard or are concerned about the possibility, contact The Mosquito Guy
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 precautionary measures 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 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 more visible.
Powerful tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is advised.
Once back indoors, check your entire 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 shy about searching, lest you miss a hitchhiker.
If you spot 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 dog or cat roams tick habitat, a veterinarian 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 sanity.
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