You’ve probably heard by now that this year is expected to be a bad one for ticks. Due to the mild winter and the early start to spring across much of New England many pests are out early and they are not showing signs of letting up anytime soon. Unfortunately in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and throughout our region, deer ticks are prevalent and are they type of tick that is known to transmit Lyme disease to humans and animals through a bite. In order to raise awareness on the dangers of ticks including Lyme disease, May has been designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
In order to avoid tick bites while hiking or even spending time in the back yard, the RI pest control professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions have put together a few prevention tips. Further down, you’ll also find instructions on how to inspect you and your family members for ticks.
How to prevent ticks:
wear light colored clothing that covers all of your skin
apply a repellent that contains DEET which helps to ward off ticks
walk in the middle of paths when in heavily wooded or tall grassy areas, ticks will be waiting on the sidelines
keep your animals treated with effective tick treatments that can be purchased at your local vets office
keep your own lawn mowed regularly to avoid tall grass
always do a tick check when you get back inside
How to perform a tick check:
take clothing off and place it into the bathtub so that any ticks will not be able to get away
use a full length mirror or hand held mirror to look over your entire body for any dark spots that could be ticks
run your fingers over your scalp and feel for any lumps on your head
use a fine toothed comb and brush through your hair if it’s long
shake out clothing and look closely for any ticks
place clothing right into the wash to kill any ticks that may have been hiding
Share these tick prevention methods with your friends and family so that everyone can stay protected from effects of a tick bite this year. Lyme disease has already left many feeling sick with flu like symptoms, a rash, joint pain, and neurological problems in some cases. Frequent and regular tick inspections are one of the only ways to avoid a tick problem and Lyme disease.
For those living in Rhode Island as well as parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, if you are concerned about ticks on your property, contact Big Blue Bug Solutions right away! Regular home pest control services are the best way to prevent ticks from getting onto your property.