The months that people are spending the most time in the great outdoors, is the time that a multitude of pests are usually at their peak. While some are obnoxious, others are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. This includes ticks. Because ticks carry several viruses and illnesses, people should be taking precautionary measures to avoid them. Even though ticks have been a threat for years and years, this year, with COVID-19, they may be a bigger threat than ever. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to talk about why ticks pose a bigger threat this year and share some tips to help you avoid coming in contact with them.
Why Tick Season Could be Worse in the Summer of COVID-19
With everyone undergoing a quarantine for the last few months, more and more people are itching to get outside. Campers and hikers everywhere are just looking for excuses to get out and enjoy the outdoors. With COVID-19 and the risk that ticks are to humans, this could be the perfect storm for carelessness. More people are worried about this pandemic than they are their safety while hiking. Experts are concerned that people will have their guards down as they are eager to get out of their homes and into nature. Carelessness when hiking and camping is just one concern too. Knowing the symptoms is a concern also.
Lyme Disease & COVID-19 Symptoms are Similar
There are many symptoms of COVID-19 and Lyme disease that are eerily similar; headaches, muscle aches, fever and severe fatigue are all symptoms that could point to either of these diseases. It is important that when you are feeling these symptoms and you have spent significant time outside, that you rely that information to your health care professionals.
How to Prevent Tick Bites
Following are some tips to help you avoid tick bites all together and to enjoy your time outdoors without the worry of a tick bite.
– Wear Protective Clothing: When you wear long sleeved shirts and long pants that are tucked into your socks or boots, you are far less likely to get bitten by a tick. The only problem is that you may get hot if you are out in the middle of summer.
– Use Tick Repellent: When choosing repellent, you need one that contains DEET, picaridin or other tick repellents to effectively keep them at bay.
– Shower After Hiking: If you have spent time outside, you need to shower and inspect your body as soon as you get home to ensure you don’t have a tick anywhere on your body. If you do, remove it as soon as possible to avoid the risk of illness.