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Ticks: Prevention and Safety Tips for Ticks, a Dangerous Pest.

Ticks: Prevention and Safety Tips for This Dangerous Pest

What can be done to prevent ticks in your yard?

Ticks are a scary pest issue. They are small, making them hard to see. They prefer to bite us in hard to reach areas, so they can go unnoticed on children and pets for days or even weeks. They are known to carry many bacterial infections like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, STARI, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Tularemia. And if these diseases weren’t bad enough many are slow to show symptoms, making early treatment difficult.

What can you do to avoid ticks and their diseases? Here is a small check list

  • Keep leaf litter to a minimum.
  • Keep your lawn trimmed short.
  • Don’t allow wooded areas to over grow into the yard.
  • Don’t allow ditches to become overgrown.
  • Add barriers between wooded areas and lawn areas. These areas can be made of materials like wood chips or gravel.
  • Don’t stack fire wood near the house.
  • Don’t keep debris piles. Discard sticks, leaves, and other lawn waste routinely.
  • On time, tick treatments to the yard with pesticides.

What Can Be Done To Prevent Ticks in Other Areas?

Since you can pick up ticks in areas other than your yard, it makes sense to protect yourself everywhere. When you are in an area that is prone to ticks you should:

  • Wear an insect repellent that contains DEET or Permethrin. Both are very effective at stopping pests from   climbing on your body.
  • If hiking, stay to the center of trails. Tall grass is where ticks will quest (latch on as you pass by).
  • Check yourself and children regularly when outdoors. Check pant legs, area beneath socks, arm pits, and    waistbands
  • Take a shower or bath after returning. Inspect for ticks paying attention to areas of the body where your skin  creases, like the under arm area and belly buttons.
  • Put clothing in the dryer on high heat for 15 to 20 mins to kill ticks that may be hiding.


How Do You Remove a Tick on Your Skin?

Even if you follow all precautions, it’s possible that a tick may find a way to climb up and bite you. So if you find a tick you should:

  •  Find a pair of fine tip tweezers.
  • Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  • Pull upward evenly with steady pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, as it will be more likely that you will break off the tick’s mouth parts.
  • If you break off the tick’s mouth parts use the tweezers to remove as much as possible. If you are unable to remove the remaining pieces. Allow your body to heal and take care of the remaining parts.
  • Clean the bite area with alcohol wipes, iodine, and/or soap and water.
  • Check the area frequently and if there is any sign of infection, head to the doctor immediately.

What Ticks Are Common In Hampton Roads and What Do They Look Like?

Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, VA) is unfortunate in the fact that many types of ticks call it home. The lone star tick is the most common one we have encountered over the last two years but there are many.

American Dog Tick

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Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick)

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Brown Dog Tick

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Gulf Coast Tick

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Lone Star Tick

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Images Credit: CDC.gov

Professional Tick Control for Your Yard.

Preventative steps will greatly reduce your exposure to ticks. Your yard can be safely treated to kill ticks before they become a problem in 3 summer yard treatments, spread out by 50-60 days.

The low dose treatment will also lower other pests around the home during that time period. The tick yard treatments are also very economical at only $189.00 ( up to 1/4 acre) for the whole program, which of course comes with our ‘If the pests return, We return Guarantee’.

This program is safe for use on homes with pets and children, just be sure to keep them off the treated area until dry. If you are ready to get started call HomePro at 757-499-1078 or fill out the contact form below.

 

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