Everything You Should Know about Tick Season and What It Means for Your Children and Pets
Advice from Your Professional Deer Fence Installation Company
It is that time of the year when you finally shed your winter clothing, admire the tiny green shoots in your neighborhood, and step out with a spring in your step. But there is one potential risk that you, your children and your pets may be exposed to, from spring through fall. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, the tiny, bloodsucking ticks make an annual comeback. Once the temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, these black-legged parasites go into hiding under leaves and debris, and most species remain dormant till the end of winter.
This year, Pennsylvania and its outskirts, have seen a massive explosion of acorns, which also indicates a particularly big tick infestation throughout the season. Tick bites are a health hazard and can cause transmission of infectious diseases such as Lyme and Babesiosis amongst humans as well as pets.
One of the first steps to keep these parasites away is to install a strong barrier that prevents tick-bearing deer from entering your property. Professional companies that specialize in fencing solutions will be able to customize the deer fence based on your requirements and budget. Read up some of the other proactive ways to protect your family and pets during the tick season.
Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Family during Tick Season
- Avoid Wooded Areas and Take Precautions: As far as possible, avoid densely wooded areas, and walk on the cleared pathways. If you plan to go hiking or camping, wear light-colored clothes, tuck your pants into your socks, use hats and caps, and expose as little of your bare skin as possible. Use repellents that have 20% or more DEET, and spray generously on the exposed skin, as well as your clothing. Don’t forget to do a thorough full body tick check for yourself, your kids and your pets at the end of the trip. Ticks tend to bury themselves in hard-to-spot areas such as the hairline, armpits and near the groin, so don’t take this inspection lightly.
- Keep Your Yard Clean: Your children and pets obviously spend a lot of their play time in the yard. This is where the ticks take cover, especially in the tall grassy areas, while they search for a host to cling on to. Protect your kids and pets, and prevent ticks from making a home in your yard. Mow at regular intervals to keep the grass short, and clear up dried leaves before they pile up. Get help from professional lawn care providers to spray tick control solutions that address current problems as well as prevent future outbreaks.
- Special Care for Pets: There are various ways to prevent ticks from latching onto your furry friends. Do a daily check on your pets, and comb their fur regularly. If you happen to find and remove any embedded parasites, flush them down the toilet immediately. Restrict your pet’s access to the tick-prone areas near your home. Consult with your veterinarian about tick collars, topical treatments, repellants, powders and shampoos. Ask your veterinarian about preventative medication such as pet vaccines against Lyme disease.
- Special Care for Children: While you may take the utmost precaution of keeping your home and surroundings tick-free, your children may still be exposed to ticks and tick-borne diseases during school, sports, and other activities. Thoroughly scrutinize their bodies, especially behind the ears, knees and arms. Don’t forget to conduct a visual check of their belongings such as school bags, sports gear and clothing.
While ticks are known to be dormant during the cooler months, they do try to seek shelter in warmer areas such as your home. While the risk of that is minimal, any such possibility brings them in close proximity to your children and pets. Hence, continue to follow the routine tick checks, and use preventive medication for your pets throughout the year.
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