TICK PREVENTION: The Do's and Don'ts

Published
09/27/2021
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Deer are the most common carrier of tick-borne illnesses.  They not only spread disease to livestock but also to pets and humans.  Ticks are commonly found in grassy areas, wetlands as the weather begins to warm up.  They stay alive by burying themselves beneath the skin, which elevates the risk of tick-borne illnesses.

Ticks are dormant when the temperature is below freezing.  They hide beneath leaves and logs, waiting for warm weather to arrive.

Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne illness.  It can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening from just a single bite.  

Some dos and don’ts when it comes to tick removal:


DO

Grasp the tick as close to the head as possible and firmly pull to remove the entire tick

Consult your doctor or veterinarian and advise of the tick

Wear insect repellent when hiking - Use a repellent that contains DEET

Be sure to use lea and tick prevention on your pets

Wear long pants and sleeved shirts when outdoors. Shirts and T-shirts should be tucked into your pants and socks pulled up over the bottom of the pants

ALWAYS CHECK FOR TICKS WHEN IN AREAS WHERE TICKS ARE MOST PREVALENT


DON’T

  • Don’t twist, jerk or tug at the tick when trying to removing
  • Don’t use our fingernail to try and remove the tick

CREATING A TICK FREE YARD

  • Keep grass mowed and trees pruned.  Clean up any debris, such as fallen leaves and branches.
  • Move children’s swings, toys, etc. away from wooded areas.
  • Use plants that do not attract deer. Among the flowering plants, add daffodils, foxglove, and poppies.  Deer also resist fragrant plants such as sage and lavender.  Prickly plants are also useful, so add some lambs’ ears.  Not only will your yard be protected, you will have a variety of beautiful flowers and fragrant scents for your enjoyment! 

For unbeatable protection, put up a DEER FENCE. A DEER FENCE is the only way to prevent deer from entering your yard and transporting ticks.

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