You can get ticks in many ways. If you don’t take care of your yard, your pets or yourself while you’re outside, you raise your risk of being infected by one. The following are some ways that increase the prevalence of ticks in your environment.
1. You Have an Unkept Yard.
An overgrown lawn is a tick haven since tall grasses provide ample cover for these pests to hide out in. And if you’re a lover of berry bushes or other foliage–be careful where you place them! Consider planting any vegetation several feet from the house since they tend to attract mice and deer (i.e., creatures who carry ticks). That said, it’s clear that dealing with ticks is an uphill battle–one that will require much hard work.
Groom your yard often, especially if you have pets. Avoid practicing tick-friendly landscaping techniques like overcrowding trees and shrubs or planting overgrown grasses along the exterior of your house. Opt for open, sunny spaces (and maintain them). Also, don’t forget to regularly trim bushes, rake leaves and clear out any areas where ticks could be lurking (e.g., tall grass).
If you have a pet living indoors with you, this isn’t a big deal. However, if that’s not the case and you’ve got outdoor cats or dogs roaming freely in tick-heavy grounds–then they can pick up a few of these pesky buggers along the way! It makes keeping your furry friends healthy. Even more important so they don’t bring ticks inside where they may latch on to family members or pass diseases to humans via bites.
Pets that go outside increase your risk of bringing ticks inside. And, as we all know, they can be found virtually anywhere (including your yard). So, to lessen the likelihood of this happening, keep your pets on a leash or in an outdoor kennel.
Whether you’re raking leaves or taking a hike through the woods–if you spend time outside–so do ticks! That said, you’ll need to employ tick repellents here—especially if you plan on being in tick-heavy areas (e.g., tall grasses, shady wooded paths). What’s more, consider limiting your time outside at dawn and dusk since that’s when ticks are most active.
Make sure to cover your skin with clothes when venturing outside. And once you’re inside, take a shower to prevent any hidden ticks from latching onto your skin.
4. You Have Long Hair.
Given that ticks tend to latch on to the head and neck area when searching for a host, it’s no surprise that people with long hair increase their risk of getting tick bites. So, if you have longer hair, be sure to secure it up (e.g., in a bun), especially when you’re outside. Also, consider wearing hats since they can protect your scalp from ticks, too.