As the summer season rolls around, many of us look forward to spending time in our yards and enjoying outdoor activities. However, with the warmer weather comes an increased risk of tick bites. Ticks can not only be a nuisance but also carry diseases that can harm humans and pets. According to the CDC, “approximately 476,000 people may get Lyme disease each year in the United States.” That’s why it’s crucial to take measures to protect your yard from ticks. In this post, we’ll discuss where ticks are likely to be found, what to do if you find a tick on yourself, how to minimize tick exposure in your yard, and when RTEC’s All-Natural Mosquito and Tick Control is right for you.
Where are we most likely to find ticks?
Ticks are common in grassy, wooded, and brushy areas. They can also be found in gardens, parks, and even your own backyard. Ticks typically latch on to their hosts by waiting on tall grasses and low shrubs, where they can easily attach themselves to unsuspecting victims. If you’re planning on spending time outdoors, make sure to avoid these areas and walk in the center of trails.
What ticks do we need to worry about this summer?
There are several types of ticks that are prevalent during the summer months. The two most common ticks are the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick) and the American dog tick. The black-legged tick carries Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. The American dog tick, on the other hand, transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. Protect yourself and your pets from these ticks by using effective tick repellents.
What to do if you find a tick on yourself or someone else
If you find a tick on yourself or someone else, don’t panic. The longer a tick stays attached, the greater the risk of disease transmission. To remove a tick, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, then gently pull upward with steady pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, as this can cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. Once removed, clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. If you experience a rash or symptoms such as fever, headache, or muscle pain, consult your healthcare provider.
How to minimize tick exposure in your yard this summer
There are several steps you can take to minimize exposure to ticks in your yard. It’s important to keep your grass mowed and to remove any leaf litter or debris. Creating a barrier between your yard and any neighboring wooded areas is also a good idea. If you have a playground set or other areas of high foot traffic, consider landscaping with gravel or wood chips to reduce the amount of grass in those areas. Additionally, wearing insect repellents and protective clothing can help reduce the risk of tick bites. Finally, after spending time in an area where ticks may be, you should do a full-body check in order to remove them as soon as possible. Don’t forget to check your ankles and socks!
Another great way to minimize ticks is through a preventative plan! Our Safe Shield Tick Control helps repel and control populations of ticks all season long!
When RTEC’s Safe Shield Program is Right for you
If you’re looking for a pollinator-friendly approach to tick control, RTEC’s Safe Shield Tick Program is the right choice for you. Our all-natural formula is safe for humans, pets, and the environment, while still effectively repelling ticks. The plan includes a series of treatments throughout the summer that target tick habitats and reduces their population in your yard. By reducing the number of ticks in your yard, you’ll be able to enjoy your time outside without the worry of tick bites and the diseases they can transmit.
Ticks can be a serious problem in the summer months. By taking the right precautions, you can protect yourself and your family from tick bites. Remember to check yourself and your pets regularly for ticks, and to take steps to minimize their presence in your yard. And if you’re looking for a more comprehensive approach to tick control, remember that RTEC’s Tick Control Plan is just a phone call away.