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How to Protect Yourself from Ticks

Protect Yourself From Ticks

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites.

Why is it important to protect yourself from tick bites. Unlike a mosquito, ticks are slow moving insects.  They are small insects and  tend to be very patient.  Ticks have natural gifts when it comes to locating their prey.  A Ticks purpose in life is only to propagate their species.  A potential side effect of their feeding is that they may pass diseases to the host.  They don’t feed often, but when they do, they can acquire disease agents from one host and pass it to another host.

The highest risk of human infections caused by ticks happens in late spring and summer in the northern hemisphere. Ticks can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.  Ticks go through four distinct stages of life from egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and adult.  After the eggs hatch, they require blood to feed, and through each stage, a tick will require a new host to feed on.

How do ticks spread disease?

A feeding can take from 10 minutes to 2 hours. When the tick finds a host, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface. The tick can then insert its feeding tube. Many species also secrete a cement-like substance that keeps them firmly attached through the feeding process. The feeding tube can have barbs which help keep the tick in place.

The sooner you find the tick and remove it, the better chances you have of preventing the spread of disease. The first 24 hours are critical.  Make sure you check yourself, and your pets when you have been outside.  Many ticks feed off and on for days before they leave their host.

What do you do if you have been bitten by a tick?

It is important to try to save the tick in case symptoms develop.  If you see the tick attached to your skin, here is a link from the CDC that advises how to best remove it. If possible you need to keep the tick in good condition so that the tick can to be tested as the disease carrier.  Here is some information on how to keep store the tick for testing.  Without this evidence it can be difficult to diagnose and properly treat the host.

How can Skeeter-Treaters Help Prevent Ticks?

The treatments that Skeeter-Treaters uses to prevent mosquitoes is also effective on ticks.  Mosquitoes tend to thrive in moist places in your yard, we treat those places, effectively preventing mosquitoes from thriving in your outdoor spaces.  Ticks can live in the same areas where mosquitoes breed, thus our treatment for mosquitoes will also help reduce the amount of other pesky insects that thrive in those environments.  Although effective at controlling ticks in these areas, it’s not fool proof, as ticks can be carried into your yard by other animals and since we do not spray the grass, it’s possible they can show up.