Everywhere we turn, we hear of more families finding ticks on their children or on their dogs. And, unfortunately, with tick bites, often comes sickness or even disease. We know a number of friends who have been bitten by ticks and have managed to get Lyme disease or other sicknesses that have long-term health effects if not treated properly.
What usually happens is ticks will hide under the snow barrier, managing to keep themselves warm as the snow acts as a thermal blanket. Unfortunately, the snowfall this past year was minimal at best, allowing more ticks to survive longer periods of time and, thus, reproducing in larger numbers. Plus, we have had an abnormally high amount of rain in the area, the perfect environment for ticks to thrive; in moist climates.
So what can we do to proactively protect ourselves, our families and pets?
1) Pet owners should see their vet & get treatment products - using any safe treatment products can help. Also, be sure to keep your pets in the yard or on a leash. Do not let them go off in the woods for they are sure to pick up ticks. Give them a bath on a regular basis and inspect them after any significant romp in the woods or on the trails.
2) When hiking, trekking outside, use insect repellent on your legs as ticks will less likely be climbing high.
3) If you have a rodent problem in your home, there is always a chance they will carry ticks inside. Believe it a not, one mouse could have up to 100 ticks hiding deep in its fur!!! Contact a pest control company to assist in removing any rodents in and around your Albany home.
4) Bird feeders attracting birds can also attract ticks - just another way these little critters can get too close to your home where your children or pets likely congregate often.
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