Organic Tick Control in Sag Harbor, NY Alternative Earthcare 631-499-4300
Alternative Earthcare discusses 5 ways to protect your family and your pets from ticks !
thrive in warm, moist conditions which is the reason they are so
prolific from late spring through fall. While these months are
considered “tick season”, most species can survive through the winter in
temperatures over freezing, making them a year-round threat.
order to reduce the risks involved with tick-borne illness, here the
top 5 things you can do to protect yourself against ticks:
Create a barrier between your home and the pests
is a common belief that trap-setting is an effective way to deal with
unwanted parasites; however that is the last thing you want to do. You
are essentially inviting them closer with pleasant scents, while a least
toxic spray will both eliminate any existing tick and encourage other
“visitors” to go elsewhere. If the permetherin is applied correctly,
even once, it can kill up to 100% of the population of ticks on your
Beware of wild and domesticated animals
it may be nice to be in the company of a local deer during a barbeque
or family outing, these are the large mammals that carry the highest
risk of transporting one of the worst species of ticks. The deer tick is
incredibly resilient and transmits Lyme disease up to 60% of the time.
It takes up to 48 hours for their saliva to inject the toxins into the
blood stream so it is good practice to check both yourself and any furry friend you may take care of right after being outside.
Create a chemical barrier between yourself and the wild
you are leaving your house and plan to spend time outside for any
reason, but especially in a wooded area, cover any exposed skin first
with N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide, or DEET for
short. Any product that contains at least 20% concentration of this
repellant will provide protection from ticks for hours. (For clothing,
spray with permethrin which kills ticks and can endure through multiple washes)
Know the symptoms of Lyme disease
you are one of the more than 300,000 unfortunate people infected with
Lyme disease each year, the symptoms may present themselves similar to
the common flu, often accompanied by a bulls-eye patterned rash. If this
is the case, it is highly advised to visit a doctor who can prescribe
the appropriate antibiotics as soon as possible. If left untreated, Lyme
disease can cause neurological problems including, but not limited to,
facial paralysis and excruciating pain in muscles, joints, and bones.
The disease can be completely eradicated with medication.
Avoid areas where ticks are most common
can be anywhere, but especially in wooded or grassy areas. Pay
particular attention to leaves and shrubs as these are the flora which
ticks can attach to until meeting with a host. Frost will not always
kill all species of ticks, so continue to be aware of where you walk in
the cooler months following the Fall.
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