Ticks are members of the arachnid family, growing to be about the size of an apple seed. As adults, they have eight legs and they only have six as larvae. This pest is parasitic, feeding on mammals, especially deer, sometimes your outdoor pet, and even you.
Are Ticks Dangerous?
Ticks are known for the dangerous disease they spread: Lymes Disease. Symptoms of Lymes Disease include:
- A rash that resembles a bullseye. It might be itchy or painful.
- Flu-like symptoms like fever, fatigue, and headache
- Over time, you might have joint pain.
- The scariest symptom of all is irreparable brain damage that occurs over time when Lyme Disease is not diagnosed.
How Can You Avoid Ticks?
Ticks are most often found outside. If you or your pet spends time in fields or woods, particularly where wild animals roam, you are most at risk. You can’t completely avoid ticks, but there are some things you can do to limit the risk of being bitten:
- Carefully inspect yourself after you venture into trouble areas. Be sure to check in hard-to-see spots, like behind your ears, in your hair, and in between your toes. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to check your dog periodically.
- Wear long pants and sleeves when outside to provide an extra protective layer between you and ticks. Change as soon as you come inside and don’t leave your dirty clothes lying around.
- Keep your pets’ medications up-to-date. Lymes disease can also make them very sick.
- Maintain a healthy, manicured turf. Ticks like to hide out in tall grasses, so your short lawn may deter some invaders.
At Shades of Green Lawn & Landscape, we know tick control starts in your yard, so that’s where you’ll find us. Call us today at 765-771-9998 to protect your family from the potentially dangerous effects of tick bites.
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