Every year, summer comes around with so much promise, but certain creatures would ruin your summer if they could. Ticks, in particular, are a big issue on the East Coast, and Virginia is no exception. Throughout the summer months, these tiny arachnids emerge in force, actively seeking to attach to unwitting victims who may never notice their presence. This is the danger ticks pose. Due to warming climate conditions, ticks are thriving in our region and have seen a consistent pattern of population growth. Not only does such growth mean you’re more likely to see these creatures in your yard, but you are also more likely to contract a tick-borne disease. By no means are ticks sanitary arachnids, meaning that their feeding behavior often leads them to carry dangerous diseases. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis are all of concern in Virginia. Ticks can latch onto their victims for up to 10 days, potentially transmitting a disease to you in the process, so it is important to be aware of these insects whenever you go outside. So, what steps should you take to defend against ticks this summer and fall?
Ticks are hard to see in the first place, so preventative measures are essential. Here are a few:
As hot as long socks, pants and long sleeves are during the summer, they are important for keeping ticks from attaching to your body. If you plan to do yard work, take hikes, or enjoy any other outdoor activities where you might encounter ticks, these clothing items are great for keeping ticks at bay. Of course, there is still a chance a tick will find somewhere to attach, but at least you are reducing the odds of such a scenario
Every time you spend time outside, whether that be in your backyard, the coast, public parks, or the woods, you should take the time to conduct a tick check when you return home. Ticks are easily missed, but a thorough tick check is a great way to see if a tick has nestled somewhere. Be watchful, though! Ticks can range from the size of a poppy seed to the size of a large pea. The consequences of a missing tick can be severe, so take the time to do the check right. You won’t regret it!
The best way to keep ticks away in the first place is with professional tick control. At Mosquito Squad, we’ve worked to defend our customers from ticks since 2005, and we’re still going strong. With the help of our barrier protection spray, also available in our natural tick control formula, we can guarantee powerful results and a significant reduction in the tick population on your property. We take our job seriously, and we want you to enjoy the outdoors without fear of ticks.
Ticks are a threat to outdoor living in Virginia. To defend against them, trust Mosquito Squad of Central VA for powerful Goochland tick control. Give us a call at (804) 409-2710.