Ticks are a big worry for our clients and people who live in California this year. This winter wasn’t as cold as some others, so ticks didn’t die off as quickly as they usually would have. As spring gets closer, people worry more that ticks will attack their families and pets since tick season usually starts when the weather gets warmer.
Ticks can spread disease to humans and animals minutes to days after they attach to a host. For your convenience, we’ve made a list of conditions that ticks can spread so you can be ready.
How to Keep Ticks from Biting You
This year, there are more ticks than usual, so you should take precautions before going outside. You could find ticks that carry diseases while walking your dog, lounging in the park, or doing anything else, even in tall grass. Even your yard can be full of ticks.
The CDC has a lot of information about ticks, their bites, and how to avoid them. You can prevent Lyme disease by using insect repellent, getting rid of ticks as soon as possible, using pesticides, and making it harder for ticks to live in your yard. We’ll talk about these strategies and what you can do next.
Repellent for Bugs
It is recommended that treatments with permethrin be used to treat shoes and clothes. Spray insect repellents that are approved by the EPA and have DEET and other approved ingredients on all of your exposed skin.
Remove Tick Quickly
Avoid ways to get rid of ticks that the CDC doesn’t recommend, such as twisting, applying Vaseline or petroleum jelly, squeezing, burning with a match or lighter, or putting nail polish on the tick. With tweezers, grab the tick as close to the skin as you can and pull it up.
How can I get naturally rid of ticks?
The CDC says that EPA certification is no longer needed for some insect repellents sold in the United States. In the 1990s, the EPA looked at these unregistered products’ active ingredients to ensure they were safe (but not their effectiveness). The Environmental Protection Agency decided that plant oils like peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, garlic, and others used in insect repellents were safe for people and didn’t pose many health risks. The EPA says these products are natural and don’t need to be registered.
The EPA hasn’t looked into how well essential oils work. But applying it to the skin has been thought to be safe. Use natural tick repellents and treatments with extra care. If you are going to leave your yard, you need to use a tick repellent. Using the EPA’s tool, determine which insect repellent will work best for you based on what you’re doing outside, what kind of bugs you need to avoid, and other factors.
Where can I buy something to keep ticks away in my area?
The best way to find a reputable pest control company that can treat ticks is to know what to look for when hiring a company. Before you sign up for a seasonal tick service, you should call each company that provides home tick services to find out what they offer. When choosing the best pest control company to treat your yard for ticks, ask about the pesticides they use, their service guarantees, how often they treat, and how skilled they are.