If you thought the harsh winter got rid of the tics you are wrong. One of North America’s coldest spots has trouble with mosquitos. Not since 2006 has the tic season been as bad as it is now.
Don’t expect a drop in tic numbers because of the huge deep winter freeze
Ticks are a major hassle in the spring. They are tiny and they are everywhere right now. Tics will remain in abundant supply now through October, as long as the temperature is higher than 45 degrees. Most people think the bloodsucking insects like tics and mosquitos disappear once there is a frost, but the bugs remain active.
Tick enemy, birds and chickens
Tics like to climb up tall grass and low lying shrubbery just waiting for a host to come by. What is so bad about tics? They attach themselves and begin to fill up on blood, lay eggs and die. They also carry diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and more. You can only get a disease if a tic bites you that has been infected with the disease and transfers it from host to host. Tics carry the disease when they have bitten another host carrying the disease. The black-legged deer tic is the most common carrier of Lyme Disease. Tics attached for less than 24-hours are not likely to cause disease.
The best way to avoid tics
Tuck your pants inside your socks, tuck your shirt in, and wear a hat. The most thorough way is to stay indoors. Keeping your lawn trimmed and neat, free of debris like old leaves helps tremendously. Compost heaps can also be a great place for tics to lay in waiting. Pets that frequent the outdoors have a variety of options to use to keep them safe, collars, sprays and drops.
If you have been bitten, remove the tic at once, and dispose of properly. Disposing of a tic by placing in a small glass or jar of alcohol is the best method. Squishing the tic once it has been removed increases the chance of spreading bacteria and disease. A red spot appearing in the first five to seven days, is usually a sign of sensitive skin. It the red spot grows larger than two-inches and grows a bullseye ring around it after the first five to seven days, is a sign of Lyme disease. See your physician or emergency room as soon as you notice it. With the proper antibiotic treatment the rash will disappear within a few days time.
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