People might not realize they can pick up ticks even in their back yards.
The tick that transmits Lyme disease and a couple of other diseases really likes deer.
So if you see deer in your neighborhood, there's a good chance ticks have come off that deer at some point and could be in your environment.
To avoid ticks, stay away from brushy areas, high grass and leaf litter.
Insect repellent with 20-50 percent DEET can be used on clothes and exposed skin.
Permethrin is great on your clothes.
That insecticide is not appropriate for use directly on skin. But permethrin pre-treated clothing will last through a whole lot of washes.
The Environmental Protection Agency finds permethrin factory-treated clothing is effective in repelling a numbers of pests.
Also, showering after coming in from outdoors to wash away ticks and to get out of clothes in which ticks may be hiding.
As creepy as it may seem to play host to a blood-sucking creature, ticks carrying Lyme disease need to be attached to a person for at least 24 hours to transmit the disease.
Ticks should be removed using fine-tipped tweezers grasping the critter as close to the skin as possible. Wash the bite site with soap and water or an antiseptic.
Lyme disease is the most common ailment transmitted by infected ticks in this region.
Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue and possibly a bull's eye shaped rash in the bite site area, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tick-related disease prevention is an issue for health officials everywhere.
For more information on getting rid of ticks, contact EHS Pest Control in Norwood. You can count on EHS to tailor a program to protect you, your children, and pets from this potentially life threatening pest.