If you live in New England, we’re sure you’ve heard that ticks are not only an incredible nuisance to have to deal with and worry about, but they also come with a serious health risk of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme.
The two main types of ticks that we should be concerned with in New England are Blacklegged “Deer” Ticks and American Dog Ticks. It’s a well known fact that Deer Ticks are the ones we are worried about when it comes to contracting a tick-borne disease. They also happen to be the ones that are extremely difficult to spot due to their miniscule size.
It’s also incredibly helpful to follow some basic Tick 101 prevention tips to minimize your family’s risk of tick-bites.
Here’s our top tips that we like to follow, and think you should too. And if you have any concerns about the tick (and mosquito) population in your yard, please give us a shout to see if our program could be beneficial for you.
- Dress smart. This means dressing yourself—and your children—in light colored clothing, and if it’s not an overly warm day, long sleeves and pants. Especially if you are in an area where you know ticks may be hiding.
- Play smart, too. Having a cookout and want to enjoy some shade by the trees? Is your children’s swing set near the edge of your yard near the woods? Well, this just may be where those ticks are also hiding. Try moving commonly visited areas to open spaces to help reduce the risk of ticks making their way onto you.
- Research the best tick-repellent that works with your family. There’s a variety that are out on the market, some that are (very) chemical based and some that are natural. Depending on your needs, skin sensitivity and lifestyle choices, we’d recommend conducting your own research on this topic to see what makes the most sense for you.
- You’ve heard this one before, but we’ll say it again—do a tick check. And then conduct a second one. After being outside for an extended period, especially if you were in the forest or near a lot of trees, this step should not be missed.
The best solution that will drastically reduce your chances of these is through looking into a Tick Control program in MA, and while we may be biased, we’re big fans of our approach that utilizes botanical extracts in order to make your backyard a much safer play to be in.
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