Bugged by bugs? Ticks ticking you off? If you’re tired of being eaten alive when you barbecue or picnic in your yard, send those bugs packing with a lawn treatment. A simple treatment will get rid of nuisance insects like fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers plus less obvious insects that can damage your lawn deep down. Heritage Lawns & Irrigation offers a Flea and Tick treatment to keep ticks, fleas, and even chiggers away.
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Time to Make Those Fleas Flee
Maybe pesky bugs like fleas and ticks do some good somewhere. But we say, let them do their good somewhere other than our lawns! Fleas and ticks are just no fun. It’s bad enough that they are in our lawns, but the little critters attach themselves to our pets and end up inside our homes. Don’t forget that some ticks carry Lyme disease which can make your family, or your furry friends, very ill. And chiggers…chiggers make everyone unhappy and their bites last for days. Well, now there’s a way to put an end to all of it. Our flea and tick treatment won’t hurt your lawn, but it will get rid of all those pests.
Related Read: Keep the Pests Out before You Have to Kick Them Out
Working in the lawn, walking the dog in the park, or just being outdoors can be risky because of exposure to ticks. When ticks feed on animals, they can acquire diseases including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Then, ticks can pass the disease on to humans. We need to be aware of the symptoms of these diseases and how to maximize tick bite prevention so we can enjoy the outdoors.
Preventing Tick Bites
- Stay out of brushy, overgrown grass and wooded habitats, especially in spring and early summer.
- Remove leaves, tall grass and brush from work areas. This will reduce tick, deer, and rodent habitat.
- Apply tick control products to keep the populations under control.
- Wear light colored clothing to more easily see and remove ticks before they attach.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots.
- Wear high boots or enclosed shoes that cover the entire foot.
- Wear a hat.
- Spray insect repellant on exposed skin, excluding the face.
- Shower and wash and dry clothes at a high temperature after outdoor exposure.
- Check your whole body for ticks, especially armpits, groin and pubic areas.
A tick usually doesn’t bite until it has been attached to your body for 24 hours. So, if a tick should become attached to you, remove it as soon as possible.
- Use tweezers to pull the tick straight away from the skin.
- Grasp the tick by the head with the tweezers.
- Do not twist or jerk ticks, as mouthparts may be left in the skin.
- Do not use a hot match or cigarette to remove a tick. This may cause the tick to burst.
- Avoid touching ticks with bare hands.
- After removing a tick, carefully disinfect the bite site. Wash hands with soap and water.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
- Bulls-eye rash: Looks like a bulls eye, with a reddish outer ring and a pale center. Warm to the touch, usually more than 2 inches in diameter. Occurs in 75 percent of those infected with Lyme disease.
- Lymph Node Swelling
- Neck Stiffness
- Generalized fatigue
- Migrating joint aches
- Muscle aches
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Symptoms
- Initial symptoms may include: fever, nausea, vomiting, severe headache, muscle pain, lack of appetite.
- Later symptoms include: rash, abdominal pain, joint pain, diarrhea. The three classic symptoms are fever, rash and history of tick bite.
So there you have it, our best tips and trick for preventing and removing ticks as well as a list of the symptoms from a bad bite. For more outdoor advice stay tuned to Heritage Lawns & Irrigation’s blog.
Get Lawn Treatments before Summer Parties
Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day – these are all ideal times to have a picnic, barbecue, or backyard get-together. They are also ideal times to get our flea and tick treatment. If you use your lawn continuously, we recommend monthly treatments. You put a lot of time and money into your backyard and you should be able to enjoy it completely, without worrying about being bitten up.
Bug Tongue Twister (Just for Fun)
A flea and a fly were caught in a flue
Said the flea to the fly, “What shall we do?”
Said the fly to the flea, “Let us fly little flea.”
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.