How To Get Rid Of Ticks And Prevent Lyme Disease
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, which means it is a good time to talk about the pests that are known for spreading this terrible disease. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and can be transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (also called deer ticks). Lyme disease has a lot of symptoms and they include fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye type rash called erythema migrans. Without treatment, Lyme disease can spread to your joints, your heart and to your nervous system, making it a very serious disease. So what can you do to make sure that you prevent coming into contact with the deer tick? Here are some helpful tips from the Kansas City pest control pros at Schendel Pest Services.
First, know what ticks look like. Check out our tick identification page to help you identify these pests. Keep in mind that they look different at different life stages as well as in different stages of engorgement.
If you have pets, make sure they are regularly treated with a tick prevention treatment. You can purchase this from your pets’ veterinarian. This treatment can kill ticks that attach themselves to your pets, which will help protect you as well as protect your home from a tick infestation.
When you come back indoors after spending time in your yard or in wooded areas, check your body for ticks. You will also want to check your pets’ bodies to make sure there are no ticks present. Checking a pet is simple- just run your hand lightly over their fur to feel for tiny little lumps. These can often be found on the neck and in areas near the head.
If you go on trails through the woods, stay in the center of the trail. Avoid brushing up against bushes and tree branches and don’t walk through tall grass. Also, wear high boots and make sure your pants are tucked into your boots. Long sleeves and keeping your neck covered can help you avoid picking up ticks as well.
Be sure to wear insect repellent that contains permethrin or DEET when spending time outdoors. These chemicals can repel insects like mosquitoes and blackflies as well as ticks.
On your property, put up fences to keep wild animals out. Open trash cans, fruit trees and gardens can all attract wildlife, so you will want to avoid providing these kinds of attractions.
Make sure to keep grass cut short to eliminate places for ticks to hide.
These helpful tips can reduce the instances of tick bites and tick infestations you may come across this spring and summer. For more complete protection from these pests, we recommend contacting us for tick control services. We know how to get rid of ticks; give us a call in Kansas City today!