Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in McHenry County, Wisconsin & Northern Illinois
Of all the bugs out there, ticks are among the most revolting.
They latch onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feed on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick numbers are rising in McHenry County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Mild winters and a robust deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks Can Spread Lyme Disease
Ticks are repulsive creatures. They can be dangerous, too. The pinhead-size deer tick (one of two tick species in this area) can transmit Lyme disease. Its symptoms include a ring-shaped rash and fatigue; long-term effects can extend to injuring organs and the nervous system. Permanent disability is a very real possibility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 Americans contract Lyme disease annually. Don’t be one in McHenry County. If you have ticks in your yard or are alarmed about the possibility, contact The Mosquito Guy
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 season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is endorsed. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take protective actions on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try creating distinct paths between lawn and wooded areas comprised of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to guard 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 advised.
Once back inside, check your whole body for ticks. They prefer to hide, so don’t miss 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 modest 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 go over pets, too. If your dog or cat roams tick habitat, a veterinarian can apply or suggest a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The best approach, of course, is to make your yard as unwelcoming to ticks as possible … and that’s where The Mosquito Guy can help. Contact us for a yard treatment to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your sanity.