Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in Ozaukee County, WI & Northern Illinois
Of all the creepy-crawlies out there, ticks are among the most disgusting.
They glom onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feast on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick numbers are increasing in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Less-harsh winters and a healthy deer herd (which carries ticks) are often blamed.
Ticks Can Spread Lyme Disease
Ticks are disgusting insects. 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 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 advised. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take precautionary measures on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try crafting distinct paths between lawn and wooded areas made of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outdoors, 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 less able to hide.
Strong tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back indoors, check your whole body for ticks. They tend 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 Ozaukee County, are only about a quarter-inch long (before blood siphoning, that is). Don’t be hesitant about searching, lest you miss a hitchhiker.
If you spot 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 check pets, too. If your pet wanders tick territory, a vet can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The ideal 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.
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