Summer is a great time for hiking, camping, rock climbing, barbecuing and other outdoor activities. As you enjoy the beauties of nature with family and friends, be sure to do so safely by always checking for ticks. These little critters are most commonly in trees, underbrush, bushes and can even be in your grass.
Ticks Transfer Diseases
Ticks transfer several known diseases to humans. Lyme’s Disease, the most common tick transmitted disease, is caused by the bite of an infected tick. If you are bitten by a tick, there are several symptoms to watch out for such as: fever, fatigue, aching muscles, swelling in the joints and a rash. Lyme’s Disease is treated easily through antibiotics. Considerably lessen your risk for getting Lyme’s Disease by learning how to exterminate ticks around your yard.
Could Harm Your Pets
You need to check yourself for ticks after spending time outside for your own health, but also to ensure you do not transmit ticks onto your pets. Humans are not the only one who can get Lyme’s Disease, your pets can get it as well. You should check your pets even if you regularly give them veterinarian approved tick medicine. If you think your pet might have ticks, give them a thorough combing over. Ticks enjoy warm, small spaces, so keep that in mind. Some key places to check are the groin, between the toes, inside and around the ears, under the chin, on the neck and in the armpits. Doing these routine checks are important because they stop your animals from getting sick.
Don't Let Ticks Infest Your Home
Checking yourself for ticks prevents your pets and house from getting infected. Similar to bedbugs, ticks can infest your house without mercy. These insects are extremely small, making it difficult to eradicate them. Some ticks do not mind laying eggs on surfaces other than soil, which will make it so you quickly have an infestation. When you return from the outdoors, it is important to check yourself for ticks and clean the clothes you were wearing. Before washing your clothes, put them in the dryer on high for about 15 minutes to kill any ticks hiding within the folds.
Be sure to check yourself for ticks after coming back from the great outdoors. For more information on how to protect yourself, your pets and your house from ticks contact A-Academy Termite and Pest Control today!