Growing up with a forest for a backyard you quickly learn about ticks. These fiends live in the woods. They live off of human blood and can inflict Lyme disease. There are many bad things that can come from just a simple tick bite. So, here are some ways to prevent ticks from becoming attached and causing more damage than there should be.
- Dress appropriately and check: Ticks do not jump, fly, or drop from trees, instead they grasp the passing hosts from leaves and grass. Most ticks are probably picked up on the lower legs and then crawl up the body to find a place to feed. In order to prevent this from happening, war light colored clothing with pants tucked in socks. Repellents can increase the level of protection 20%-30% DEET repellent is recommended. When returning home, check for ticks. Remove clothing, wash and dry, many ticks can survive hot and cold water. But, one hour in a hot dryer they cannot survive.
- Remove ticks promptly: If you find a tick, then use tweezers to grasp the tick closely to the surface of the skin. Pull the tick straight upward with steady even pressure. Disinfect the area and a topical antibiotic may also be applied.
- Risk of transmission: After 48 hours of attachment the risk of transmission increases. By removing the tick early on this will reduce the chance of Lyme disease.
- Ways to Create a Tick Safe Zone: Keep grass mowed, prune trees, clear the leaf litter and brush, move play sets away from wooded areas, restrict ground area where family is frequented use, add in some landscaping practices such as gravel pathway and decking.
- Exclude key wildlife: Put up fencing around your yard to prevent deer and other animals coming in the yard.
- Don’t attract key wildlife hosts: Mice and chipmunks can provide shelter for ticks, so clean out stonewalls and place woodpiles away from the house. Discourage browsing deer and other animals by planting landscape plants that are less attractive to them.
Unfortunately, Lyme disease is caused from a tick’s bite. Here are a few symptoms that come with Lyme disease
- Your and/or your family have visited an area where Lyme disease is commonly found
- You know/suspect that you have been exposed to ticks
- Experiencing: rash, fever, chills, fatigue, joint or muscle pain, or facial paralysis.
Here is some more information: http://www.cdc.gov/Lyme