Spring is a wonderful time of the year. It's a time to take walks in nature, a time to enjoy the outdoors. However, as the weather gets warmer, pest activity increases. Out of all the pests ticks become significantly active as spring approaches. Ticks are notorious for spreading Lyme disease, babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can occur in both humans and pets. In severe cases, these diseases can also prove to be fatal.

Here are some ways you can avoid ticks this spring

  1. Regularly Maintain Your Yard

Ticks love tall grass, leaf piles, and wooded areas. So to keep ticks miles away from your yard, keep your lawn mowed short and remove any leaf litter, weeds, and brush regularly. Creating a barrier like gravel between your lawn and wooded areas can also help reduce tick movement into your yard.

  1. Use Tick Repellents

When spending time outdoors, especially in wooded or grassy areas, use EPA-approved insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply the repellent to exposed skin to deter ticks from latching on.

  1. Wear Protective Clothing

Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed-toe shoes when going outdoors, especially in areas known to have high tick populations. Tucking your pants into your socks can create an additional barrier, making it harder for ticks to reach your skin.

  1. Perform Regular Tick Checks

After spending time outdoors, check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks. Pay close attention to areas like the scalp, behind the ears, underarms, and groin. If you find a tick, remove it carefully using fine-tipped tweezers, grasping it as close to the skin's surface as possible and pulling it straight out.

  1. Protect Your Pets

Ticks can easily latch onto pets and then make their way into your home. Use veterinarian-recommended tick prevention products on your pets, such as spot-on treatments, collars, or oral medications. Regularly check your pets for ticks, especially after they've been outside.

  1. Keep Indoor Areas Clean

Regularly vacuuming and sweeping indoor areas can help remove any ticks that may have been brought in on clothing or pets. Focus on areas where pets frequent, such as near their bedding and resting spots.

  1. Consider Professional Pest Control

If you live in an area with a high tick population or have had recurring tick issues, consider hiring a professional pest control service. They can provide targeted treatments to reduce tick populations around your property effectively. RidAway is one such pest removal professional. RidAway provides quick solutions to urgent problems and uses biologically friendly pesticides that leave your home safe to return to. They are state-licensed and industry certified and their work is guaranteed so you can rest assured the problem will be dealt with effectively.

For a quick solution to an urgent intrusion, RidAway is ready to come to your rescue.