How To Protect Yourself From Boise Ticks
September 30, 2021
There are two types of dangers in this world: one’s we can perceive, and one’s just out of sight. One danger that stands just out of view is the harm that can come from a tick bite. These yard pests carry and spread dangerous diseases. What makes things worse is that every bite puts you at risk of contracting a life-changing illness. For this reason, it is essential that you avoid ticks and their bites as much as possible. Here are some ways to protect yourself from these pests in the Boise area.
Wear Tick Repellent
Tick repellent is a great way to keep ticks off your body and clothing while traveling outdoors. The CDC recommends using products containing 0.5% permethrin to treat boots, camping gear, and outdoor clothing before going camping or walking out in nature. If you don’t like chemical-based repellents, several environmentally friendly options are less effective but better than nothing.
Tuck Your Pant Legs Into Your Socks
Ticks will not drop onto you from above. These pests usually transfer from tall grass or dense foliage onto feet and legs. To prevent ticks from crawling up your pants, wear long pants and tuck your pant legs into your socks. This may look silly, but it will help tremendously.
Use Duct Tape
This may seem silly, but wrapping duct tape around your thigh with the sticky side facing out is an excellent way to stop ticks. If these pests try to scale you and get onto your skin under your shirt, they will get stuck on the adhesive, where you can dispose of them later.
Avoid Walking Through Dense Foliage & Tall Grass
You are most likely to encounter a tick while walking through tall grass or thick undergrowth. If possible, avoid these areas while you are outside. If you cannot avoid walking through these areas, take every other precaution you can before doing so.
What To Do If A Tick Bites You
Not all ticks carry disease; however, some do. If a tick bites you in our area, remove it with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Use the tweezers to grip the tick as close to where it has buried its head into your skin. Once you have a good hold, pull directly away from your skin with firm pressure. Do not jerk or twist. After the tick is out, store it inside of a plastic bag inside of your freezer.
If you develop Lyme disease symptoms, bring stored ticks to your doctors so they can study them and learn what strain you are sick with. This will make things a lot easier for your doctors and allow them to find you the treatment you need.
One Simple Answer To Tick Problems
We cannot protect you when you are off your property beyond providing you with ways to repel and deter ticks from your body. We can offer a way for you not to have to deal with these pests on your property. At Owyhee Environmental, we have advanced tick control methods and treatments designed to eliminate these pests as they enter your property. This will keep you safe and allow you not to have to spray yourself down with tick repellent every time you want to enjoy your yard.
Call our team today if you have any questions about our tick control and schedule your Boise property for a visit.