Five Tips to Protect Your Family from Ticks

Although ticks are technically in the arachnid family, they do share something in coming with mosquitoes. Like mosquitoes, ticks are vectors, or transmitters, of disease. In the U.S., the threat posed from ticks is actually greater than that of mosquitoes. Tick-borne illnesses afflict tens of thousands of people within the U.S. each year. And our fair region of the country definitely has its share of ticks. To protect your family, here are our top tips that will help you deal with ticks.

Keep your yard clear.

A tick’s favorite hangout is somewhere shady and moist. To keep your yard clear of ticks, make sure your gathering and family areas are kept sunny and dry. Don’t position playground equipment, decks, and patios near treed areas. If you have a compost pile, be sure it is kept away from these areas. And separate these areas with wood chips or gravel.  Also, to reduce tick exposure clear out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Keep debris from gathering around your house and lawn edges. Mow regularly and keep your lawn short.

Be choosy with your landscaping plants.

Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer. Learn which plants deter deer from Better Homes and Gardens. Or, check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area. You can also install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard.

They hide, so go seek.

Find out where ticks might lurk in your yard (like those shady moist areas we mentioned earlier) and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are popular hangouts for ticks.

Remember your pets.

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about tick, flea, and heartworm prevention. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

Put up a shield.

Our Flea & Tick program is based on the same tireless work and effective science behind our mosquito control protection plan. This intensive Flea & Tick program was developed specifically to eliminate them within your property. In a process similar to that described for Mosquito Shield, our flea and tick formula is applied to all turf, wood lines, and landscape beds around your property to effectively kill fleas & ticks within those areas.

If you do find a tick on you or someone you love. Remove it as soon as possible. The CDC has provided this guide to proper tick removal. How long does it take for a tick to transmit a disease? It does vary based on the disease and the tick, but in general, it’s not immediate. Certain ticks might begin to transmit a disease within eight hours, but others take longer. The CDC says that if you can remove a tick within 24 hours, your chances of getting Lyme disease are much lower— in most cases, it takes 36 to 48 hours before the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can infect you.