Protecting Against Ticks (and Lyme disease) in Racine County, WI & Northern IL
Of all the insects out there, ticks are among the most repulsive.
They glom onto a host. Creep around. Dig in. Feast on blood. Yuck.
Worse, tick populations are growing in Racine 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 revolting creatures. They can be hazardous, 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 treatment 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 precautionary actions on your own, too. Ticks can’t jump or skitter, so try creating separate 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 shield against ticks. Tucking pants into socks or boots creates a tight barrier. Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks less able to hide.
Powerful tick repellents are available. Twenty percent DEET formula is recommended.
Once back indoors, check your entire 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 Racine 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 find 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 pet wanders tick territory, a veterinarian can apply or recommend a topical repellent to keep ticks away.
The best 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 treatment to keep ticks away. Consider it an investment against “disgusting” … and into your sanity.