27 Apr Tick Prevention
No one likes ticks. Just the thought of being bit by a tick makes most people shiver with disgust and instantly feel like they need to do whatever they have to in order to avoid them.
The truth of the matter is that ticks are often hard to avoid, depending on where you live. If you reside in a heavily-forested part of the country, or a location with tall grasses, ticks are everywhere. If that is the case for you, the chances of getting bit by a tick are exceedingly high.
However, there are ways to avoid nasty little ticks. If you follow a few simple rules, you will do a lot to avoid these pesky, painful, nagging tiny bugs.
Be Safe Outside
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to fight the chances of a tick issue is to explore the outdoors safely.
You probably know the areas most prone to tick infestations. Wooded, overgrown areas, for example, are swarming with ticks. You need to stay away from those places. Meanwhile, stay on marked paths and don’t venture too far into tall grass and uncleared areas of a forest.
Wear The Right Things
When you are going outside – especially if you are going outside into grassy and wooded areas – you need to protect your physical body from ticks.
This means you need to spray insect repellent on your body and clothing. Do not go into these areas barefoot or with open-toe sandals or shoes. Meanwhile, do your best to wear long-sleeves shirts and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks and shoes. Simply put, the less exposed your skin is, the better your chances to prevent tick bites.
Keep Your Home Safe
There are ways to prevent ticks from getting too close to your home and you should know them all if you want to stop ticks from making your life a pain.
You can create a tick barrier between your lawn and the grassy world beyond it. The best thing you can do is make sure your lawn is well-manicured. The taller the grass, the more likely ticks reside in it. If you constantly keep your grass short and in order, you are doing a lot to stop the threat of ticks from encroaching on your land.
You should also make sure you are doing everything you can to stop mice from infesting your land. What does that have to do with ticks? Well, ticks are known to contract lime disease from mice. Lime disease is a big threat and something that needs to be avoided. Therefore, you should take great pains to avoid mice as well as ticks in your yard.
If you lay a wide strip of wood chips or bark between your yard and the perimeter of your home, this will discourage ticks from making a home in your yard. It’s just one of the many things you should do if you live in a heavily-wooded area.
There are many threats that come from ticks but, thankfully, there are many ways to make them a non-issue. If you follow a few simple instructions and keep certain things in mind, your home will not be bitten by the tick problem that plagues so many others.