As we move from spring to summer, seasonal pest populations reawaken and begin to cause new problems and frustrations. In warmer weather, the temptation is to get outside and enjoy local hikes, camping, or just a stroll through the city park. You should be warned that health experts are predicting a higher-than-normal tick population, and make proper preparations for when you encounter this pest.
Why will there be more ticks this year? Partially because of the heavy winter many regions of the country experienced. Some people assume cold weather and hard winters would kill off insects and reduce tick populations. However, the heavy snow actually acted as an insulation layer for ticks, burying and protecting them against harsher conditions and allowing them to survive in greater numbers and reproduce. This has not only resulted in more ticks overall, but with their being more active earlier on in the season. Doctors are reporting patients dealing with tick bites several weeks earlier than normal. So how do you best deal with tick pest control?
Pest Control for Ticks
1. Regularly Inspect Yourself
Ticks can quickly transfer from their hiding places to a person, simply as you brush by while walking or while sitting down for a break. After being outside, even for a short while, give yourself and your family a quick check-over to make sure no ticks are on your skin, attempting to bite or burrow. If they’ve already dug in, remove them with a safe and recommended method.
2. Keep a Clean Yard
Ticks thrive more when sheltered, and an overgrown lawn gives them plenty of places to reproduce and spread out. By regularly cleaning and mowing your yard, you remove these elements and make it harder for ticks to thrive–and therefore invade your property or person.
3. Inspect Your Pets
If you take your dog on hikes or let your cat roam outside, be sure to give them regular inspections to ensure they aren’t bringing ticks back into the home or exposing you to them when being pet. This will also protect them from potentially acquiring Lyme disease.
4. Avoid Wild Animal Interaction
Wild animals, such as squirrels, deer, and birds, can often carry ticks on their bodies. Even if the animals are used to urban or suburban environments and not dangerous in-and-of themselves, avoid contact with them to keep ticks from being transferred to your person.
Contact OmniShield today for more tick pest control options.