If you thought that ticks were just a problem when you were out in the woodlands camping or hiking, guess again. The fact of the matter is that ticks are closer to home than you think. You are more likely to get a tick-borne disease from the ticks around the outside of your Belleville, IL home. Do we wonder how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks? We will be answering some of the most common questions we get here.
Where do Ticks Hide?
Ticks love to hide in unmoved grass and other areas of uncut foliage close to the ground. They especially like spots where it is shady and humid for them. Ticks may also move into more mowed and kempt areas, but a majority will stay where they tend to like it. The ticks at your home will latch onto whatever brushes up against the grass or weeds they will be waiting on. Whether it’s you, your pets, or your loved ones, ticks will climb up to begin feasting.
When Are Ticks Active?
Ticks are typically active year-round; however, they are most active in the warmer months of the year. That is also not so coincidentally when people and animals start to become more active outside. The ticks that usually spread Lyme disease referred to as nymphs, are typically active between May and July. Tick activity may also depend on the area you live in.
The Importance of Tick Control
If left untreated, ticks will only continue to multiply. The ticks known for carrying Lyme disease can lay up to 3,000 eggs per batch. Ticks can also live for several years, sometimes even inside your home. Ticks are a problem in every region of the U.S. and their populations and disease are on the rise. Tick bites can either cause mild skin irritation or even cause severe life-threatening conditions like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Powassan virus, and more.
Protecting Against Ticks
By keeping your lawn free of any tall grass, garden debris, or weeds, you can not only discourage ticks but also the small rodents that bring the ticks in. When you are putting up any outdoor play equipment or areas for entertainment, try to keep them in sunny and airy spots. The most important thing of all is to treat existing ticks around your home. There are several different tick control products out on the market that will stop not only ticks but also other annoying insects. Look to target nymphs and larvae in the late spring and summer months. Target the adult ticks in the late summer and fall months.
If you have a tick problem or just need some advice on what to do about ticks, give our expert team over at Imel Pest Control a call today.