Tick Prevention for you and your Pets

Tick Prevention for you and your Pets first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

With tick season upon us the more we can do to reduce our exposure to these tiny disease spreading creatures, the better.  As the warmer temperatures arrive we want to be spending more time outdoors and being at one with nature, but there are certain precautions we need to take to ensure that our enjoyment isn’t ruined by hitch hiking ticks.

Tips to reduce exposure to ticks

Ticks can pass a variety of diseases to humans and pets, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and spotted fever rickettsiosis.

The above article contains some really useful tips to keep ticks at bay and to assist in tick prevention, but should you find one lurking on your body or even on your pet after full inspection, do you know how to remove it?

As “prevention is the best protection” what steps are you taking before you take time to enjoy your outdoor activities? Are you conducting a full on check of those all important areas of your body as demonstrated in the video?

Tick populations may surge above normal across eastern US this spring

Tick populations are booming this spring following an unusually warm winter across the eastern United States. The University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center, which performs a crowdsourced tick survey across America, lists a high tick encounter index across the Eastern states.

It’s good to also be in the know about tick borne illness too and be able to spot any symptoms you may have that could be from the result of a tick bite. Lyme disease is on the rise as well as other health issues caused by ticks, so be on the lookout.

One of the best forms of protection is awareness, so please do share information you find with others. Together we can stay as safe as possible from troublesome ticks.

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