The winter of 2015, on a whole, is pretty much being chalked up as the winter that wasn’t. The snowfall totals were down in many places across the US, and the average temperature was lower than it’s been in previous years. Besides a lower heating bill, fewer times hitting the slopes and a higher probability of an off-white Christmas, what else does a mild winter mean? Unfortunately, we are in the midst of dealing with one of the effects of that mild winter right now, an increased population of summer pests, including blacklegged ticks.
Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks are the primary vector for spreading Lyme disease. These prolific little disease spreading bugs are in the limelight, so to speak, with all of the media sources reporting constantly about Lyme disease, tick control, and prevention tips. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we’ve been dealing with ticks for a very long time and we’ve learned a thing or two about them, their habitat and their habits.
We know that Lyme disease is a disease that no one should ever have to have and with diligence in prevention, the chances of getting it can be reduced significantly. Lyme disease can have adverse effects and co-infections that can be painful, and life-altering for many, many years to come. Protecting yourself and your loved ones, including your four-legged family members, is the key to avoiding ticks and Lyme disease. Experts across the country agree that the number one way to avoid ticks is taking the proper precautions and preventative actions.
We have combined tips from the tick prevention page on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website with some from our own experts to form the following list of tick bite preventative steps:
Walk in the center of trails.
Avoid bushy and wooded areas that have high grass or leaf litter.
Use a tick repellent that contains either DEET or Permethrin to treat your clothing and yourself. **Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor regarding their recommendations for age-specific insect repellent for children**
As much as possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Tuck your pants into your socks.
Always check EVERYONE, including pets, for ticks before allowing them back into the house.
Under the guidance of a veterinarian, treat your pets with a tick preventative.
Examine all gear and clothing before bringing it back inside. Ticks can ride on backpacks, water bottles, and clothing
Partner up with the pest control professionals here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to make your home and property less appealing to ticks and the wildlife and rodents that bring them to your property.
Preventing ticks requires a multi-faceted approach. One of personal diligence to protect yourself and others, environmental control, and year-round pest control. Most rodents and wildlife bring ticks with them and a common house mouse issue in your home can become a lot more serious when you consider that the mice are bringing fleas and ticks with them! Give yourself and your loved ones the best tick protection that you can by contacting the experts here at Rottler today!