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Experts caution against rising tick-borne illness
Tick-borne illnesses are a growing concern in the United States, with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever being two of the most prevalent. According to a recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll and National Pest Management Association, one in five Americans personally knows someone who has contracted Lyme disease from a tick bite. As the threat of tick-borne illnesses continues to rise, it is crucial to take preventive measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Preventing tick bites starts with being aware of your surroundings and taking the following precautions:
- Wear protective clothing: When spending time outdoors in tick-prone areas, wear long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks, and closed-toe shoes. This creates a physical barrier between you and ticks, reducing the risk of bites.
- Use insect repellent: Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Look for products containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label for effective use.
- Conduct regular tick checks: After spending time outdoors, thoroughly check your body for ticks. Pay close attention to areas such as the scalp, armpits, groin, and behind the knees. If you find a tick, remove it promptly using fine-tipped tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pulling upward with steady, even pressure.
- Create a tick-resistant yard: Keep your lawn well-maintained by regularly mowing and removing leaf litter. Clear any tall grasses and brush around your home, as they provide hiding places for ticks. Consider creating a barrier between your yard and wooded areas using gravel or wood chips.
By implementing these prevention tips and seeking professional advice, you can minimize the chances of tick bites and tick-borne illnesses. Stay vigilant, especially during tick season, and prioritize the health of yourself and your family.
If you suspect a tick infestation on your property or want expert guidance on tick prevention, it’s wise to schedule a free pest inspection with Ecola. Call us today at (800) 471-BUGS (2847) or visit us online at www.EcolaTermite.com. Our trained technicians can assess your property and provide tailored recommendations to reduce the risk of tick encounters. Free estimates are also cheerfully quoted over the phone!