Tips To Help Norfolk Residents Avoid Ticks
August 15, 2019
Here in Norfolk, residents deal with the stresses of everyday responsibilities, work, and social interactions. But we also get to spend time outdoors, going on walks, enjoying recreational activities, and working on our lawns.
However, we are heading into the season where ticks seem to be hiding in every thicket, bush, and tree. As summer fun is replaced with cool fall breezes, tick populations explode around the Norfolk area, which can be quite a problem. While there are quite a few different tick species in the United States, the most common include the American dog tick, the brown tick, the deer tick, and the lone star tick.
Why Ticks Are a Problem
You probably have experienced the dread that comes with discovering a tick attached to your skin. Ticks are a species of parasitic pests, which means they are only able to survive if they climb onto a host animal (or human) and begin feeding on its blood. While most ticks can simply be removed from your skin, without incident, some ticks can leave you with serious illnesses that last long after the initial bite. Lone star ticks are known to transmit a bacteria which can lead to a red meat allergy. Deer ticks are the most common tick linked to the spread of Lyme disease and residents who contract this disease may experience migraines, stiffness, and joint pain. If you have pets, they are threatened by ticks as well and are also capable of contracting Lyme disease.
How to Avoid Tick Bites
Much like any other pest infestation, your most effective prevention method to avoid being bitten this season is by contacting a pest control provider like Hometown Pest Control. However, you can still avoid ticks on your property by following a few of these tick-prevention tips to reduce your exposure to these harmful pests.
Wear jeans and long-sleeved shirts, this way, ticks will have a harder time reaching your skin to feed.
Make sure your pets have flea and tick collars on when you let them outside.
Stay away from heavy vegetation as ticks use these areas to wait for potential hosts.
When hiking, avoid thick brush by sticking to the middle of the trail.
Always inspect your skin for ticks after spending time outdoors. Most diseases need about 36 hours to be transmitted, so early tick removal is important.
Reduce your risk of being bitten by a harmful tick this year by contacting Hometown Pest Control for all your pest prevention needs. Whether you are facing brown ticks, lone star ticks, deer ticks, or American dog ticks, we will ensure your Norfolk property remains tick free, all while giving you the best products and customer support. Keep yourself, your family, and your pets protected from the problems ticks create when you reach out to our licensed pest specialists today!