The tick population in our area has exploded. Heavy snow cover this past winter kept ticks nice and warm, and helped them multiply unchecked. Very cold, snowless winters tend to diminish populations.
Some species of ticks carry Lyme disease, which can be difficult to treat when contracted in humans and animals. These tiny bloodsuckers multiply quickly and live in lawns, tall grasses and woods, waiting for people or animals brush by and pick them up. They will then attach to skin and feed on your blood until they are so heavy that they can no long hold on.
What To Do If You Get Bitten By a Tick
If you or your pet does get bitten, here are some tips to remove ticks:
- First, don't panic!
- Use tweezer to grab the tick and get as close to your skin as possible
- Pull upward with steady pressure. Don't twist or wiggle or pull too hard too fast - you don't want the body to separate from the mouth!
- If the mouth does separate, use tweezers to remove the mouth
- Once removed, do not throw ticks in the trash as they are difficult to kill. Burning (as in a campfire) or flushing down the toilet in soapy water is better.
Treating Your Yard for Ticks
The best tip we can offer in regard to ticks: Treat your yard to help control these pests and protect your family and pets! Just one monthly treatment suppresses the population. It's easy, fast, and non-disruptive: as soon as the treatment is dry you can head back outside to enjoy your yard. Imagine how nice it would be to play in the grass without worrying about ticks. And pet owners: the treatment kills fleas, too!
For more information about treating your yard for ticks or to request a free consultation, call us at 877-308-8733.