Ticks seem to have no actual value other than to spread disease and annoy pet owners, but they do indeed positively contribute to the environment. They are a food source for many different creatures and help to control animal populations as a means of balancing the ecosystem. Tolerating ticks may seem unimaginable, but ticks could be considered a necessary evil in the larger scheme of things.
Tick season may be one of the most distressing times of the year if you live in areas that are heavily infested with ticks. You will need to stay vigilant and make the necessary preparations to keep your family, pets, and home safe from the negative attributes of ticks. Learning how to prepare for tick season could save the lives of your pets and your family.
Tick season can begin in March or April and last into late fall. So, how long is the tick season? The tick season may last all year long, especially in the southern regions of the United States, depending on the type of tick that is being discussed. Ticks such as the American dog tick and the Lone Star tick enter into a dormant period that persists through the winter months.
Other types of ticks such as deer ticks will enter into a dormant period during winter but can become active again in winter when temperatures rise above freezing, and the ground is clear of snow. Northern regions that have lots of snow and ice won’t have to worry about ticks being active during the winter as much as the southern regions, but you should always be prepared regardless of the time of year. A professional pest control agency can help keep you informed about tick season in your local area.
When warmer weather arrives, and your family and pets will be spending more time outdoors, keep in mind that ticks will be joining you. It only makes sense that ticks will be most active when their food sources are active, so you will need to be prepared to protect your family and pets from exposure to ticks. If you are curious about how to prevent ticks, you can use many preventive methods when you are likely to come across them in nature. These methods include, but are not limited to, the following:
Using bug spray:
Sealing your seams:
Not leaving the trail:
Disinfecting your clothing:
Checking for ticks on your skin or in your hair:
If you do find a tick on you, but it hasn’t bitten you, catch it quickly with tape and then secure the tape around it and get rid of it. There is always a risk that a tick could bite you when you venture outdoors. If you find that a tick has bitten you and is attached to your skin, remove it as quickly as you can by using clean tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the head as possible and swiftly pull it out. Be sure to disinfect the bite and the area around it and place a bandaid over the bite.
The quicker you discover the tick and remove it, the less likely you are to be infected with a disease that ticks carry. After being bitten, you will need to know the signs and symptoms of these diseases and keep watch. If you suspect that you are becoming ill as a result of a tick bite, you should immediately contact your doctor and inform them of the type of tick so that they can determine the best course of action.
Staying ahead of ticks by being prepared and taking preventive measures when you are going to be in areas where ticks are prevalent is the best way to protect your family and pets during tick season. Take the time to check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks before coming indoors. Taking the time to understand the nature of ticks could save your life or those of your loved ones.