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How To Limit Tick Exposure

How To Limit Your Exposure To Ticks

We probably don't have to tell you that ticks are a health concern, but what many people don't know is that Lyme diseases is one of many tick-related illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention links ticks to RMSF,  STARI, babesiois, ehrlichiosis, Colorado tick fever, rickettsiosis, tularemia, anaplasmosis, and other invasive illnesses – some of which lead to lifelong health complications.

It goes without saying that we can all use fewer ticks in our yards and in our homes. Here are some ways you can limit your exposure to ticks.

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Avoid Tall Grass

While ticks can be in short grass, it is less likely. They prefer overgrown areas with tall grass. These creatures use a method called "questing" to attach themselves to a host. This involves climbing up a piece of grass and holding their front legs out. When something brushes them, they cling on and climb up. Avoiding areas of overgrowth or tall grass can reduce your exposure to ticks.

Dress Appropriately

If you're going to be working in an area of overgrowth, consider wearing boots that you can tuck your pants into. Since ticks climb up, boots prevent ticks from crawling under your pant legs. It also helps to wear light colored pants. This will allow you to see any ticks that are attempting to climb up.

Use Tick Repellent

If a tick gets on you, you can have them drop away by applying a mosquito repellent to your clothing. Focus your application on your shoes, socks, and pantlegs. If you apply it to your skin, be sure to read any health warnings on the packaging. Doing this can prevent ticks from crawling up and also stop them from attaching to your skin. There is a debate on what repellents work best but any repellent is better than no repellent.

Reducing Wildlife Reduces Ticks

Any pest control measure you apply that would keep wildlife out of your yard will also apply to ticks. Wild animals are how ticks get into your yard in the first place. If you have a fence installed to keep animals out, you'll have fewer ticks. If you put exterior trash in sealed and secure cans, you'll have fewer ticks. Also be aware that birds can bring ticks into your yard. While those pretty birds are feeding on the food you've put out for them, they may be dropping ticks into your yard.

Seal Rodents Out Of Your Home

A single rodent can have dozens of deer ticks. These are tiny ticks. They are also associated with Lyme disease. Researchers of Lyme disease have made a link between summer mouse populations and Lyme disease cases in the following year. There is no doubt that keeping mice out of your home is a good way to avoid tick-related illness. Rodents are associated with a wide range of other illnesses as well. If you have a rodent problem, it is a good idea to have a professional take care of it quickly.

Pest Management Is Key

Ticks are not just a nuisance pest. Like many creatures that get into our yards and find their way into our homes, ticks can be a threat. That is why every family should have an ongoing pest management program overseen by a QualityPro-certified pest management company like Moyer Pest Control. There is a science to safeguarding health and property from the harmful impact of bugs and wildlife. 

At Moyer, we believe our Platinum Home Guard program offers the best value for our residential customers. Not only does it provide all of the industry-leading protection found in our Exterior Home Guard and Complete Home Guard programs, it also provides essential protection from ticks and mosquitoes with routine applications applied to targeted areas in your yard, not to mention management of termites, stink bugs, voles, spiders, and more. 

Starting a pest control service plan is one of the best things you can do to increase your quality of life, reduce health concerns, protect your belongings, and safeguard your equity. If you'd like to learn more about all of the many ways our Platinum Home Guard program can do all of this, reach out to us for more information or to schedule immediate pest control services.

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