Let’s get one thing straight from the start, the benefits of being outdoors and enjoying a healthy walk through the countryside far outweigh the risk that are associated with tick bites. Having said that, there is no reason why you should not take some sensible precautions to ensure that you have a tick-free summer of fun.
There are certainly grounds for reasonable concerns when it comes to the problems you can get with ticks according to www.PestExterminator.com. Some unfortunate people have become stricken by Lyme’s disease as a result of a tick bite, but rather than let fear prevent you from enjoying the great outdoors here are some top tips to stay tick free.
Being able to recognize a tick habitat is important as these creatures are almost impossible to spot with the naked eye. Ticks are found mainly in tall grass and heavily wooded areas. They like the tall grass as it allows them to easily crawl onto a passing animal like your pet dog and if you are passing through a wooded area, they get a chance to climb aboard as people brush through the undergrowth. Bear in mind that ticks can’t jump so try to steer clear of this favored habitat.
Keep your garden tidy
Not only does a well-manicured lawn look great but ticks do not thrive in short vegetation, so keep your grass mowed short and remove weeds to make it an environment they will steer clear off. Also make sure that you prune back any decorative grasses or shrubs so that they do not overhang and give the tick an opportunity to crawl onto a new host in your garden.
If you are planning on going on a hike that will take you through wooded areas with tall grass then aim to wear some protective clothing that will prevent ticks from climbing on board as you pass through. Wear some light colored socks and tuck your pants into your socks and give some consideration to what clothing you are wearing in general, as protective clothing is probably the single best measure you can take to protect yourself against tick bites.
If you are going to spending time in a known tick habitat such as a woodland then you can consider the use of a tick repellent to ensure that you do not become a victim of a tick attack. Permanone is a permethrin based repellent which is exclusively used to deter ticks and is specifically designed to be used on clothing. There are some natural alternatives to consider such as Herbal Armor and this be effective for a period of about two hours after each application, so take some advice on what you may consider to be the best option.
Children and especially your pets are the most vulnerable members of your family so make such that you conduct regular checks for any evidence of ticks, especially after you have been for a walk or been outside in the garden. A quick inspection will enable you to identify any unwanted hitch-hikers and remember you have a window of opportunity to remove them of up to two hours before they attach properly to the host and a pair of tweezers will normally suffice in pulling them off safely. With a few sensible precautions you can enjoy a great summer outdoors and stay tick free at the same time.