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Simple Steps to Stop Ticks

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 26, 2017

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Here is a metal lean to barn located close to the wood line.

As the weather grows warmer, ticks start to show up in yards, on pets, and maybe even on you. Unfortunately, they're not just annoying pests. Ticks can carry Lyme disease along with viruses and various types of bacteria. In short, a tick bite can make you very sick. So this week, I'm writing all about ticks, where they live, and what you can do to avoid getting bitten.

Where Do You Find Ticks?

Ticks like to live in humid, moist areas. They are found in the woods, grassy fields, and gardens. They can hang onto a blade of grass or a branch and latch onto the fur of a passing dog. They can also hang onto a person's clothing, hair, or shoes. A tick attaches itself to an animal or person's skin to feast on blood.

Ways to Prevent Getting Bitten by Ticks

If you're going on a walk in the woods or even walking on a road in a woodsy area, it's best to wear clothing that protects your skin. For instance, wear your pants tucked into your socks so a tick can't climb up your leg. Wear a baseball hat or sunhat so ticks don't have access to your hair. If you have long hair, tuck it up underneath your cap. Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms. In addition, there are sprays you can apply to your skin that are designed to repel ticks. Check out some repellents made with natural ingredients if you want an alternative to store-bought products.

How to Check for Ticks

Ticks can hide in many places on a person's body. When you return from a walk or time outdoors in a wooded area, examine your legs, arms, feet, and midsection for ticks. Get a friend or family member to look through your hair for any crawling ticks. Fortunately, there is a way to safely remove a tick if one has latched onto your skin. Shower and change your clothing when you return from a walk, and be sure to wash your dirty clothing in hot water to kill any ticks you didn't see.

How to Reduce the Number of Ticks in Your Yard

Ticks like to hide in trees, under leaves, and in tall grass. One of the simplest ways to reduce the number of ticks in your yard is to cut down overgrown patches of grass and remove tall weeds. Don't given them any places to hide! Another thing you can do is add deer-resistant plants to your yard. Deer are notorious for carrying ticks. Lily of the valley, sweet alyssum, Russian sage, and butterfly weed are examples of deer-resistant plants. I think of this as a win-win solution: You're keeping the deer and ticks away while adding beauty to your yard.

Also, make sure to get a flea collar or flea treatment for your dog or cat if they spend a lot of time outside. Pets can carry ticks into your home, giving them instant access to your family members.

Thanks for reading, and keep those ticks away! - Alan

 

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