May 5, 2012
As the outdoor activities commence this spring, there are many walks, hikes, camping trips and other fun outdoor activities to enjoy. The one thing that can be quite sobering is to find a tick biting on you, a family member or a pet and that is why we would like to share a few tips on how to check for ticks as well as ways to prevent ticks while enjoying the outdoors. There is no need to hold back on your favorite outdoor adventures in Little Rock, Hot Springs and surrounding Arkansas areas with this helpful tick information.
How to perform a tick check:
Remove clothing and shake it out. A bathtub works great to catch any ticks that could be trying to escape.
Run your fingers over your scalp to feel for any bumps and if you have long hair use a fine tooth comb to brush through it.
Standing in front of a long mirror or using a handheld mirror you want to check your entire body for any small black or brown spots that could be ticks. Don’t forget areas such as under the arms, the ears, belly button, between the legs and around the waist.
How to prevent tick bites:
Wear light colored clothing to easily spot a tick
Wear pants and long sleeves to cover as much skin as possible
When walking on a trail, stay in the middle as ticks usually wait in transitional areas like the edge of a trail
Consider a repellent that contains DEET when in the deep woods
Take a shower within a few hours to reduce the risk of a tick bite
Put clothing in a dryer for an hour to kill any ticks left
Make sure your pets are regularly treated for ticks with an effective treatment from the veterinarian’s office
Consider a tick treatment for your property if you believe you have a tick problem
Now that you are fully prepared to prevent and check for ticks, there is no need to live in fear of ticks this season even as there is forecasted to be higher than normal levels of ticks. For residents living in Arkansas including Hot Springs and Little Rock, if you are concerned about ticks on your property, contact McCauley Services right away. The Prescribed Home Protection Program will ensure that you and your property are safe from the threat of pests including ticks.