In order to reduce the risks involved with tick-borne illness, here the top 5 things you can do to protect yourself against ticks:
Create a chemical barrier between your home and the pests
There is a common belief that trap-setting is an effective way to deal with unwanted pests; however that is the last thing you want to do. The reality is you are actually bringing them closer with nice smelling fragrances, while a chemical spray will both eliminate any existing ticks and encourage other “visitors” to go somewhere else. If your hire the Mosquito Guy we will properly apply professional grade chemicals that will kill up to 100% of the population.
Beware of wild and domesticated animals
While it may be nice to be in the company of a deer during a barbecue or backyard party, these are the large mammals that carry the highest risk of transporting one of the worst species of ticks. The deer tick is incredibly resilient and transmits Lyme disease up to 60% of the time. It takes up to 2 days for their saliva to inject the toxins into the blood stream so it is good practice to yourself, your kids and any pet you may take care of after being outside.
Create a chemical barrier between yourself and the wild
If you are leaving your house and plan to spend time outside for any reason cover any exposed skin first with N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide, otherwise known as DEET. Any product that contains at least 20% concentration of this repellant will provide protection from ticks for an extended period of time.
Know the symptoms of Lyme disease
If you have been infected with Lyme disease, you are not alone. every year over 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease. The symptoms may present themselves similar to the common flu, often accompanied by a red circle rash. If this is the case, it is highly advised to visit a doctor who can prescribe the appropriate antibiotics to treat the disease. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause neurological problems including, but not limited to, facial paralysis and excruciating pain in muscles, joints, and bones. The disease can be completely cured with proper medication.
Avoid areas where ticks are most common
Ticks can be anywhere, but especially in wooded or grassy areas. Pay particular attention to leaves and shrubs as these are the areas where ticks can wait until meeting a host.
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