The Best Way To Deal With Ticks In Texas


The Best Way To Deal With Ticks In Texas

The Lone Star State is full of lone star ticks and many more varieties of these pesky pests. Ticks (along with mosquitoes) are among the most significant disease threats you'll face when enjoying the outdoors during the summer. They're also one of those pests you need to consider on and off your property. That's why you'll need to prioritize ticks when formulating your pest control plan in Texas this summer. 

You Should Keep Grass Trimmed

Keeping your yard trimmed short is one of the best ways to protect yourself during tick season. Ticks in Texas love to hide out in tall grass. They climb right up your legs when you stand in this grass and embed themselves in your skin. 

It's not just grass you have to worry about. Ticks also love to drop off tree branches and land on hosts from above. That means you'll want to keep trees and shrubs well-trimmed as well. This gives ticks fewer hiding spots in your yard. 

You Should Cover Your Skin When Out

Tick control for your yard isn't the only tick protection you need to worry about. You also need to avoid bringing ticks home on your body or gear. The best way to do this is to wear long pants and long sleeves whenever you are outside. Make sure your clothes are well-fitted because ticks can crawl under loose clothing. 

Also, treat your gear with picaridin to repel ticks from hitching a ride in it. If you choose not to wear long clothing, cover your skin in repellent instead. DEET is the most effective tick repellent, but if you want something more natural, ticks also hate smells like lavender, lemon, cinnamon, and peppermint. 

How To Check For Ticks

Sometimes when you get a tick, it's obvious. You might feel an itch and look down to find one crawling up your leg. Other times, it can be harder to tell. Ticks are sneaky, and they like to hide in the creases and crevices of your body. That means you'll need to look for them in places like your armpits and groin area, the sheltered areas of your body not exposed to air or sunlight. 

Ticks embed themselves in your skin and feed for hours or even days. So if you find a tick, chances are it will be embedded into your skin pretty deep. To get it out, grab a pair of tweezers and grasp it as close to its head as possible and pull in a straight line. Be careful not to squeeze, crush, or tear the tick until after you've pulled it out. Ensure you kill the tick by tearing off its head or crushing it before discarding the body. 

Why You Should Invest In Tick Control

Several types of ticks in Texas can transmit deadly diseases such as Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This is why you want to ensure you avoid getting a breeding population of ticks on your property. Every tick bite is potential exposure to a dangerous pathogen. 

If you start to notice you're getting a tick or two every time you step into your backyard, it's a significant sign you have ticks reproducing on your property. At that point, you'll want to call Urbanex right away. Our trained experts can find out where ticks are breeding and where they're hiding to protect you from their infectious bites. If you're ready for a tick-free summer, give us a call or visit our contact page to get started. 

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