If you’re like most people, the thought of a tick crawling on you and then feeding off of you, is more than anyone wants to think about. Not only does this give people the creepy crawlies, but ticks can also be dangerous. There are several diseases and illnesses that they can transmit when you are their host. This is why it is so important to avoid them in the first place. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to share our best tips to help you avoid ticks this summer.
Where are Ticks Most Commonly Found?
Part of avoiding ticks on your body is knowing where they are in the first place. Ticks are often found in tall grasses and thick undergrowth. Likewise, they can be found in dense piles of leaves and those types of places as well. When it comes to avoiding ticks, you need to be aware of where you could come in contact with them, and then avoid those places so that you aren’t exposed to them and become one of their hosts.
How Do Ticks Find a Host?
There are many people that aren’t familiar with how ticks get around and find their hosts. Some people might imagine ticks jumping from person to person or animal to animal, when that isn’t how they get around at all. Ticks are incapable of jumping or flying. You have to brush up against the brush that they are resting on for them to get onto your body. Once they feel that contact, they are able to reach out with their front legs and hitch a ride on animals or humans.
How Do You Prevent Ticks from Getting on You?
When it comes to avoiding contact with ticks, there are several things that you can do to ensure this happens. Here are some preventative measures homeowners can take to avoid tick contact:
– Tick Repellent Clothing: When you are going to be spending time outside, you need to make sure you’re wearing clothing that will keep ticks away. Clothing that is soaked in permethrin can help you avoid tick contact. Also, tucking in pant legs and shirts can help you avoid them as well.
– Insect Repellent: On top of protective clothing, you want to make sure you put on insect repellent as well. Choose a repellent with DEET in it.
– Trim Landscaping: Make sure that you’re keeping your landscaping and grass cut short to avoid making your property ideal for ticks.
– Moisture Issues: If there is excess moisture anywhere on your property, find a drainage solution or fix broken pipes to avoid attracting ticks.
– Pest Control: Turning to your local pest control company can be the best way to make absolutely sure you don’t end up with a tick problem.