Spring is here, and so are pesky, disease-carrying ticks. We should be able to freely enjoy the warm weather without worrying about becoming an all-you-can-eat buffet for these bothersome insects who can transmit life-threatening diseases. Luckily, the East End Tick Control® experts have extensive knowledge of how to keep ticks away from you and your property. Here are three ways to protect yourself from ticks this spring.
- Cover Up for Hikes
- Regularly Mow Your Lawn
- Use Cedar Oil Spray
A popular activity during the spring season is going on hikes, but this is also when ticks are very active. To protect yourself from ticks while hiking, TomsOfMaine.com recommends wearing clothing that covers your skin as much as possible. These clothing articles include long sleeve shirts, long pants tucked into thick socks, and close-toed shoes. The less exposed skin available, the less of a chance that a tick will land on you. Make sure that you spray yourself with tick repellant as well, for an added layer of protection.
Ticks thrive in damp, dark, and dense grassy and wooded areas. Therefore, a highly effective way to protect your property and your loved ones from ticks are to maintain your lawn’s length by regularly mowing it down. YayaOrganics.com explains that this is a reliable method to ward off ticks because they will not be comfortable staying in short grass due to there being a higher chance of the heat from the sun drying them out. If you have leaf piles, woodpiles, or mulch on your property, make sure that the area around them is clear as well, as they are major breeding grounds for ticks.
Many essential oils are effective in repelling and even killing ticks, and one of those essential oils is cedar oil. FarmersAlmanac.com states that using cedar oil spray is a wonderful way to naturally protect yourself from ticks because cedar oil kills ticks on sight. You can apply cedar oil spray on your clothing or even directly on your skin because it is non-toxic.
Even with these methods, carefully check yourself, your family, and your pets after spending time outdoors. Whether you are doing yardwork, walking in the park, or simply spending time relaxing in your backyard, ticks are always active and you should be constantly vigilant. If you spot a tick, here is our handy guide to help you identify it. Print a copy to carry with you if you’re going to be outdoors for a while so that you can easily identify bugs that you may find on your body or clothing.
East End Tick Control® Protects You from Ticks Year-Round
If you want a longer-term solution to protecting yourself from ticks, contact East End Tick Control® today! We use various products to rid your eastern Suffolk County property of ticks and keep them from coming back. Once spring and summer are over, our professionals can continue to treat your property for ticks during the off-season so you can be protected all year long. Ensure your family’s safety and give the experts at East End Tick Control® a call. Residents near Southampton can call (631) 287-9700. East Hampton area residents can call (631) 324-9700. Residents near Southold can call (631) 765-9700. You can also email us. We look forward to helping you!