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How To Minimize Tick Exposure This Summer

a small but very dangerous deer tick traveling along a vibrant green leaf on a new england property

We are deep in the heart of tick season here in New England. Unfortunately, we live in one of the most heavily infested areas of ticks in the country. There is no need to hibernate all summer, though. There are preventions steps you can take before ticks invade your yard and measures you can take before being active outside to prevent ticks. If you are starting to discover ticks on your family or your pets, or if you are noticing them in your yard, call the professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions right away.

Active Tick Season

In the Northeast, ticks are active from early spring through late fall, peaking in the summer months. While they can occasionally survive mild winters, they are less worrisome in cold weather. 

New England Tick Problems

Most of us know that ticks can transmit diseases, including Lyme Disease. Avoiding falling victim to a tick bite is the only way to prevent the possibility of infection. Being vigilant when outdoors and doing routine tick checks is imperative if you live in this area. 

Prevention Steps to Avoid Ticks

There are some prevention steps you can take to help reduce the risk of ticks for you and your family if you will be outdoors.

These include:

  • Wear light-colored clothing so you can spot ticks easily.
  • Avoid wooded areas, walking in the center of paths if you must.
  • Wear long pants tucked into your socks, long-sleeved shirts, and tuck your shirt into your pants if you will be in wooded areas.
  • Consider using a tick repellent if you will be in high grass or wooded areas.
  • Follow your veterinarian's recommendations for flea and tick prevention for pets.
  • Check yourself and your pets for ticks each time you’ve been outdoors.
  • Shower after coming inside from doing yard work.

Around your property, you can also take measures to help reduce ticks, including:

  • Keep your grass cut short.
  • Trim overgrowth, minimize landscaping, and avoid plants that attract deer.
  • Use a barrier of rock or pea gravel between your yard and wooded areas.
  • Limit bird feeders and don't leave pet food outside - both can attract wildlife.                     

Professional Tick Control from Big Blue Bug Solutions 

If you are frequently finding ticks on your pets or your family, it’s time to call the professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions. Our mosquito and tick prevention program targets areas where these pests breed and rest. We can perform one-time treatments or conduct treatment as part of our year-round protection plan. Contact us to get started getting your New England property free from dangerous ticks.