Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in Racine County, Wisconsin & Northern Illinois
Of all the bugs out there, ticks are among the most revolting.
They glom onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feed on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are increasing in Racine 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 repellent 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 harming 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 season, so applying tick repellent by mid-May is advised. Treatment starts at just $125 per yard.
You can take preventive steps on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try creating separate paths between lawn and wooded areas comprised of wood chips or gravel. Clearing away tall grass helps.
When you’re outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect 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 entire body for ticks. They like 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 Racine 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 identify 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 wanders tick territory, a vet can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The smartest 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 mental well-being.