How to keep you and your family safe from ticks

Seek medical attention if you become ill after a bite

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – You might think you’re safe from disease-carrying ticks just because you avoid walking in deep woods, but that’s not always the case.

Your pets can also bring the parasites into your home, but ticks don’t always need your furry pet to gain access.

“Whenever they’re [ticks] in their early stages of development as a larvae or a nymph, they can be carried in by small mammals,” explained Action Pest Control Tech. Director Scott Robbins. “Even like mice, rats, a squirrel that you heard in your attic recently, or even a stray cat.”

Getting your pets on medication is one step to keeping ticks out of the home, but you may need to treat your lawn if you live in problem areas.

Robbins says to use a wettable powder or micro-encapsulate formula to treat the grass.

“Realize that with low-hanging vegetation, tick are used to getting up on that to get on their host,” says Robbins. So you’ll also want to treat low hanging vegetation around your yard, just make sure it’s your property.”

Wearing a long-sleeve jacket and tucking your pants into your socks can help stop tick bites, but you’ll still need to inspect yourself if you’ve been brushing up against plants or in deep woods.

“Some species of tick like the american dog or brown dog tick are very sizable adults,” said Robbins. “The deer ticks can be very, very small and they tend to want to be near the base of the neck or hair.”

If bitten, you should immediately use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove the tick, grasping close to your skin. Throw the tick away in a sealed container, flush it, or wrap it up, but do not crush it.

You should seek medical attention if you become ill after a bite.

In 2015, the Indiana State Department of Health reported nearly 200 cases of tick-borne infectious diseases.

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