For parents and pet owners that live near wooded areas, a fear of ticks is a real issue. A bite from a tick can cause an otherwise healthy individual or animal to become sick, so any concern is with good reason. However, there is plenty of misinformation available about ticks that can cause a person to go about tick control measures the wrong way.
All Ticks Carry Lyme Disease
A tick encounter can lead to Lyme disease, but you should also understand that not all ticks carry this concern. Only a small portion of black-legged ticks and deer ticks carry this disease, and furthermore, a tick typically needs to remain attached to the skin for more than a day for the disease to be transmitted.
So, you don't necessarily have to live in constant fear, but you should still move forward with any tick control issues you have to ensure these dangerous ticks are not a threat to your family. After all, if you don't know a lot about ticks, you can't identify which are dangerous and which aren't.
Ticks Stay in the Woods
Just because you keep your children and your pets away from the wooded areas around your home does not mean that you don't have to worry about ticks. There is a common misconception that these insects stay within the trees and are only an issue when you invade their space.
Remember, ticks also travel by animals, including raccoons and deer. If these animals come into your yard, there is a risk that they will bring ticks with them. If you don't have a fence and live near trees, many of these animals probably roam around your yard often.
Time of Year Doesn't Matter
The idea that the time of year to treat ticks doesn't matter is only partially true. Yes, on the one hand, you can treat your home whenever you want. However, where this statement becomes a myth is when people assume that there is not a time of the year that is better for treatments than others.
Ticks lay their eggs during the spring months and once the eggs start to hatch, you will have a more widespread infestation on your hands. Treating the area in the fall is too early, during the winter snow and ice on the ground can prevent the treatment from saturating correctly, and during the summer, the eggs are already hatched. Spring is the best time to tackle the problem.
If you have concerns about ticks near your home, the best thing for you to do is to contact a tick control professional.