Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in McHenry County, WI & Northern Illinois
Of all the creepy-crawlies out there, ticks are among the most repulsive.
They latch onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feed on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are increasing in McHenry County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a robust deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks Can Spread Lyme Disease
Ticks are repellent insects. They can be dangerous, too. The pinhead-size deer tick (one of two tick species in this area) can harbor Lyme disease. Its symptoms include a ring-shaped rash and fatigue; long-term effects can extend to damaging organs and the nervous system. Permanent disability is a very real possibility.
A single tick protection application by The Mosquito Guy will control ticks on your property for up to 30 days. Late spring and early summer are peak tick time, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is recommended. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take deterrent steps on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try building distinct paths between lawn and wooded areas using wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to defend against ticks. Tucking pants into socks or boots creates a tight barrier. Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks more visible.
Strong tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back inside, check your whole body for ticks. They prefer to hide, so don’t overlook your body’s natural areas of cover: hair, scalp, armpits, groin and behind the knee. Even wood ticks, the other common species in McHenry County, are only about a quarter-inch long (before blood siphoning, that is). Don’t be reluctant about searching, lest you miss a hitchhiker.
If you locate one, here’s how to remove it: Grab with a tweezer as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up and out.
Don’t forget to examine pets, too. If your pet roams tick habitat, a veterinarian can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The most thorough approach, of course, is to make your yard as inhospitable to ticks as possible … and that’s where The Mosquito Guy can help. Contact us for a yard application to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your peace of mind.