Tick season is almost upon us, so there’s no time like the present to look back on some of the top tips from last year to make sure we’re prepared. It’s not just this time of year that we should be taking note, it should be something we are mindful of 365 days.
Tick Season: Scary New Stats And Five Smart Tips (Spray Your Shoes)
This is the worst season, when the voracious adolescent “nymphal” ticks come out in force, plotting (I may be projecting a bit here) to creep under your clothes and drink your blood and give you their germs, knowing you’re unlikely to notice a dark speck the size of a poppy seed — check out the photo above — until it’s too late.
With the “bit of added incentive this year to take preventive measures”, it’s time to give your tick control some thought. Is it up to date? Are you protected?
It’s Peak Tick Season: 7 Ways To Prevent Tick-Borne Disease
Every year, between 20,000 and 30,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme Disease, says the CDC. That’s a lot of people – and many experts believe the CDC’s numbers are way low, since Lyme disease can go unrecognized for many years.
Lyme disease is a serious and miserable illness, and we need to make sure we do all we can to avoid becoming the next recorded case.
So now we know where these troublesome biting little creatures like to hang out. If your yard has areas of shade and plant life, you may want to ensure that you invest in a barrier spray program to keep the ticks at bay.
Image used under creative commons with thanks to S Rae