Living in Texas, you get to experience several benefits. One of the big bonuses that come from living here is the ideal winters. The mild year round weather comes with some drawbacks though; one of those drawbacks is the presence of ticks pretty much all year through. It is important to know the risks that come with ticks, and the many things you can do to help protect yourself from ticks. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to share some useful information about ticks to keep your protected.
Ticks Found in Texas
The most commonly found tick species in Texas is the Brown Dog Tick. While this is the one that is found the most, there are actually four different species that you may encounter throughout the state. Also included in this list are: American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick and Deer Tick. All of these ticks are considered hard shelled ticks which means that most of their body is protected with a hard shell. There are several blood-borne diseases that can be spread when bit by these ticks including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
How to Keep Ticks Away from Your Yard
There are several things you can do as a homeowner that will help keep ticks from invading your property. Following are some of our best tips to help make your home a less tick-friendly environment.
– Keep grass cut short so they don’t find refuge in longer grasses.
– Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home.
– Properly dispose of leaves, trimmings and trash.
– Keep children’s play areas away from the perimeter of your property that may be closer to unmanicured areas where ticks thrive.
– Put a 3 foot barrier around your home using some sort of landscaping material like rocks, mulch or wood chips.
How to Safely Remove a Tick
In the case that you find a tick on your body or on the body of a child or pet, you need to remove it as soon as possible to avoid any diseases. It is important that you remove a tick properly to avoid these diseases. Following are the recommendations that the CDC has put out on how to safely remove a tick from your body.
– Rubber gloves and tweezers are needed to safely remove a tick.
– With steady pressure applied, you can pull the tick out.
– Do not ever twist as you pull out the tick for fear that the head will break off and remain under the skin.
– Do not smash the tick as this can release infectious fluid.
– Flush it down the toilet and disinfect the area right away.