Why You Should be Worried about Ticks in the Spring
How the Professionals at Deer Fencers can Help
Gone are the days of ice and snow, replaced by the bright and sunny days of spring. While there is a lot to look forward to, like the prospect of working in the garden or going for a long hike, you may already be wondering if you should be concerned about protecting yourself and your loved ones against ticks this early on in the season. In short, the answer is yes, especially if you live in the Northeastern region. That’s because black-legged ticks, which are the most commonly found tick in the area, are the type that are responsible for transmitting Lyme disease and other serious infections.
4 Tips to Protect from Tick Bites
If you live in the Northeast, it is wise to be cautious of ticks as early as March and April. While ticks are the most active from April to September, they can feed anytime the temperature remains above freezing. Additionally, tick nymphs typically emerge in May, joining the adults and making this peak tick season. Here are a few more things you should know, including what type of precautions you can take to keep you, your family and your pets safe:
- Wear Protective Clothing: Whether you’re out walking or tending to the garden, wear protective clothing, like long pants and long sleeves, if you know that you’ll encounter risky areas where ticks might be lurking. Pants can be tucked into socks to ensure ticks can’t get under your clothing and wearing light colours will help you spot any that might be on you. You can also find pre-treated clothing that contains permethrin which can kill or disable ticks but is perfectly safe to wear.
- Use Insect Repellent: Insect repellents are often used to ward away mosquitos but they can also be useful in repelling ticks. Look for a repellant that contains at least 15-30% deet, 30% oil of lemon or eucalyptus, or 20% picaridin for the most effective solution. Most insect repellent can be sprayed on the outside of clothing or on exposed skin.
- Regularly Check Yourself: If you are returning home from a tick-heavy area, be sure to launder all the clothing you wore at the highest temperature setting and take a shower right away. Showering can wash away ticks that may be on your skin but that haven’t attached yet. This is also a good opportunity to check your skin for any of these tiny pests.
- Protect Your Pets: Your pets are just as vulnerable to contracting a disease from an infected tick bite. Be sure to protect them by using an EPA-registered or FDA approved anti-tick medication on your pets if necessary. Talk to your veterinarian about which products will provide you and your pet with the safest and most effective solution.
Contact Deer Fencers for the Perfect Fencing Solution
Most tick bites are usually harmless but some can transmit serious and life-long infections. At Deer Fencers, one of our top priorities is to provide our customers with high-quality and affordable fencing solutions that keep you and your loved ones safe from deer and other wildlife that carry ticks and other pests. After all, excluding deer from your yard is one of the best ways to mitigate your tick exposure. We believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice appearance for function, so we’ve designed a line of fencing systems that are guaranteed to provide you with both. In addition to our premium deer fencing solutions, we also offer tick control services to help you minimize any presence of ticks, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without worry.
For high-quality deer fencing and tick management solutions, contact Deer Fencers. Call us at (800)753-4600 or contact us using our online form.