It’s that time of year again, summer is upon us and that means tick season is in full swing. Ticks can carry dangerous diseases that can seriously harm you, your family and your pets. Knowing how to properly remove ticks, and the signs and symptoms of infection, can help prevent serious and life threatening illnesses. Below is a factual list of how ticks attach to you and your pets, how to check for and remove ticks, and what to look for if you have been bitten.
- Ticks are most active in the summer months and become dormant during the cold winter months.
- The deer tick is the #1 tick that causes Lyme Disease within the US. Like most ticks, the deer tick likes to hang out in tall grass close to the edge of a field where deer will most likely be. If you are out in an area where deer frequent, chances are you have come across the deer tick.
- It’s important to make sure that if you are in a wooded or grassy area, hiking or camping that you check yourself for ticks every 2–3 hours; particularly your scalp, belly button, armpits, ears, back of the knees, and between your legs.
- It is crucial to be very careful when removing ticks from yourself, family members or animals. Rupturing the ticks body after it has been engorged with blood can still transmit disease.
- If you do live in an area where ticks are abundant in the summer, you can try using an all natural insecticide and insect repellent to make sure that you and your family are protected at all times.
We encourage you to get out and enjoy everything the summer season has to offer, but want to make sure that you and your family (fur babies included) are adequately prepared and protected when outdoors.
Have a happy and safe Summer!
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