Does it ever seem to you like the discussion and concern over ticks has increased dramatically over the past few years? Well, it’s not all in your head. Back in the “good old days”, ticks were nothing more than something your parents checked for after you went camping or hiking. Now all it takes is a walk through town and you may be shocked and horrified to find multiple ticks foraging around when you return home! No tall grass, no fields – just paved sidewalks and roads and a few trees and cut grass on lawns! So why all of a sudden does it seem as if we have a huge problem with ticks and tick-borne illness? Many experts agree that the warmer winters we have been having lately have not been cold enough to kill off the eggs of ticks; Add in warmer springs and wetter summers with eggs hatching earlier and longer breeding seasons for these pests and this all equals a tick disaster as their numbers, and the diseases they carry, continue to climb to record numbers.
There are steps you can take to help prevent their appearance on you and your loved ones. Avoidance is the best policy when it comes to these little disease carrying insects. Here are a few helpful hints:
Keep grass cut short and weeds trimmed back
Remove debris (like dead leaves) from your yard
Set up a wood chip or gravel barrier at least 3 ft deep/wide between your yard and wooded areas
Use a bug repellent containing at least 20% DEET
Wear long sleeves and pants in highly wooded areas and tuck them into gloves and socks
Even after following all of these steps, it is important to check yourself thoroughly once you return indoors from any outdoor excursion. Be sure that you are diligent to look for them, too! Make sure to look in the hair, hairline and around the ears. Check under arms, back of knees, around the waist and ankles – even in the belly button!
If you find that you are having problems with an infestation, the best way to eliminate and prevent ticks and their diseases is with a professional pest control company like Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions. We can not only treat your yard for existing ticks, but we can also treat for the animals that ‘invite’ the ticks in the first place. We are a family owned and operated pest control company with nearly 60 years of experience in our community. Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions has built a name based on professionalism, integrity, and superior customer service making Rottler the go-to for pest control needs! Contact us for a free inspection today.