3 Ways to Keep Ticks Away from Your Home in Davidsonville, MD
While visiting Truxtun Park or any other park in Davidsonville, ticks may be a problem. Given the chance, these tiny parasites that live in shrubs and long grass will cling to your clothes and skin. Like vampires, they suck your blood and your pet’s blood if you have one. They can also cause diseases like Lyme disease, which is why you want to keep them out of your house.
1. Mow your lawn
Ticks love to hide in the long grass. Once there, they can easily make their way into your home. It is also important to space any shrubs, allowing air to pass through. Air circulation kills tick and flea larvae before they can mature.
Ticks hide in bushy areas, then hitch a ride on your clothing or on your pet’s fur. They will then burrow into your pet’s flesh and embed themselves, making them difficult to remove, so keeping your yard free of ticks is much easier than trying to remove them… Trim brush and bushes back in your yard to dissuade ticks from living there. The more sunlight hitting your yard, the better, since ticks like warm and shady areas. Keep your grass short and don’t overwater it. Read more at Pests.org…
You should also keep wild or stray animals away from your house. If they have ticks, they could bring them into your lawn and even your house. This can be avoided by never leaving food outside, which would attract raccoons stray dogs, and cats.
2. Practice prevention
Look for any ticks on you or your pet. If you walk outside near shrubs or long grass there is a chance some ticks may latch on to you. To avoid this, tuck your trousers in your socks. Once you’re back in your house, check your clothes for ticks. If you do find any, remove them carefully with forceps or your fingers without crushing them.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. Read more at CDC…
It’s important to remove any ticks immediately. Taking longer than 36 hours to do so could leave you exposed to Lyme disease.
3. Keep your home clean
Ticks also love hiding in carpets for warmth. This is why you should vacuum your house every week if possible. Remember to vacuum under sofas and other low traffic areas, because that’s where they will hide.
Having fleas and ticks in your house doesn’t mean your home is dirty. But if you pay careful attention to certain areas, you can make pests less welcome. The three stages of immature fleas (flea eggs, larvae, and pupae) often live in carpeting or throw rugs. So vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you spot fleas.When you vacuum, don’t just cover the center of the room. Fleas avoid high-traffic areas, so be sure to hit baseboards, under furniture, under cushions, and anywhere your pets sleep or spend time. Read more at Web MD…
Do you suspect your home may have ticks? Then you might want to spray your house with anti-tick spray. This will kill any ticks in your house and stop them from multiplying.
All of these are effective ways of keeping ticks away from your home and yourself. However, if the ticks are already a problem, call Backyard Bug Patrol for professional assistance. Our job is to help you live a healthy happy life, free of ticks and disease.