Ticks are most likely to be disease carriers in the autumn!
Because of the nature of a tick’s life cycle a single tick will have had to partake in multiple blood-meals by the fall season. This means there is a much higher likelihood for a tick to carry disease later in the year than in the spring.
Follow these CDC recommended precautions!
- Treat clothing with an appropriate level of bug repellent.
- Toss all clothing worn into the woods/tick environment into a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes upon return from your adventures.
- DO CHECK YOUR ENTIRE BODY FOR TICKS AT LEAST ONCE EVERY SINGLE DAY.
- Make sure all pets are treated for ticks and fleas.
- Keep your yard trimmed up and give a barrier between woodland and yards and patios. Spraying can also help keep ticks away from residential homes.
- If you do find a tick on yourself or a loved one KEEP THE TICK in a sealed ziplock bag or a jar and have it tested for disease.
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Knowledge is power!