Ticks are no laughing matter. Two words: Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that belong to the genus Borrelia. This disease can be cured with antibiotics if it’s detected early, but Lyme disease often progresses throughout the body without showing any symptoms—until it’s too late. In extreme cases, advanced Lyme disease can even cause people to become paralyzed from the waist down. Ticks are often carriers of Lyme disease, and a tick-bite can pass the disease to humans. The problem with ticks is they are so small that it can be difficult to see them, and their bites can be confused for something else. Ticks also carry bacteria that can cause infections like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Ehrlichiosis. Here are some pro tips for avoiding ticks:
- Mow your grass short. Ticks like hiding in tall grass.
- Brush the leaves out of your yard. Another favorite tick hiding place.
- If there are woods surrounding your house, try to keep a clear boundary between the woods and your ward. If the woods encroach into your yard, ticks will have an easier time getting in.
- If you stack firewood, keep it at least twenty feet from the house. This precaution will also protect your home from termites.
- Wear jeans when you’re walking through forested areas. Ticks are often close to the ground.
- Stay close to the center of hiking trails. Avoid walking through tall grass and reeds, as these are places ticks like to hang out.
- Wear an insect repellant—preferably one with Permerfrin or DEET. These ingredients will help keep ticks (and other bugs) away.
- When you get back from hiking, take a shower and scrub your whole body thoroughly. (Just in case.)
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