Tick Prevention Tips for Summer-Loving Kids – from Tri-County Pest Control
Longer nights, clearer skies and warmer temperatures – these factors can prove very attractive for children playing outdoors well past dinner time. However, these sort of conditions are also a perfect blend for inviting the one thing we don’t want to have crash the playtime party – ticks.
When the thermometer reaches 70-degrees and up, these pests run rampant and their eggs will literally hatch sooner than in even a slighter cooler climate.
Ticks are nothing to play around with, ranking second to only mosquitoes as the primary carriers of human disease in the world – according to the Mayo clinic.
Therefore, in order to keep your children out of harm’s way, here are a few actionable tips from us to use as even warmer temps are on the way:
- Dispose of any leaf litter, clean and clear any overgrown grass and brush, and if you should have a wooded area butting up to your yard, make a barrier with gravel if possible.
- If you have pets, examine them frequently. Additionally, consult your vet and make sure they’re on flea and tick prevention products to keep them from brings ticks from the outdoors into your home.
- Be mindful of your surroundings. If you or your kids love nature and enjoy spending time jogging, walking, or perhaps riding your bike in wooded areas, try to stay on the middle of any trail as much as possible. Upon return from an adventure in the woods, immediately do a self-check and then tend to your kids as well.
- In the warmer months have your kids dress in lightly-colored attire when heading outside. This tactic can actually help you detect a pesky tick once they’re in from the outside. You can take it a step further and have them bathe or shower soon after they’re done playing.
Let your kids be kids and enjoy their time with friends in the great outdoors. However, these few precautionary tips can potentially save them from illness.
Summer’s coming! Keep your kids safe.