When you hear about tick prevention, the main focus is usually on preventing ticks from biting you while you are outdoors. While this is important, not bringing ticks into your home is critical as well. Having an infestation in your home can be dangerous to your health if the ticks are carrying bacteria or infections such as Lyme disease. The tick extermination experts at East End Tick and Mosquito Control® are here to give you three tips to prevent an indoor tick infestation.
- Remove Ticks from Your Property
Perhaps the most effective way to keep ticks from coming into your home is to ensure that there are no in your front yard or backyard. If there are ticks on your property, the chance of you tracking one or a few into your home is higher. There is an even higher chance if you have pets that play on your property, such as dogs or cats, because they can unknowingly bring ticks into your home. For this reason, we recommend clearing tall grass or brush around your property. So, if you suspect that you may have a tick infestation because of tall grass or brush piles on your property, contact a tick removal professional as soon as possible.
- Clean Your Clothes and Skin
After spending time outdoors, it is crucial to take extra precautions when you step back into your home. These precautions are particularly essential if you were recently in a shaded and wooded area with tall grass and brush. First, check your clothing for ticks and remove any that you see. You can do this manually with a tool such as a tick key or by placing your clothing in the dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes. The dryer method can be effective as ticks cannot tolerate high heat. However, if your clothing is still damp, continue drying them. After drying your clothes, take a shower to wash off any ticks that may still be on your skin but have not yet attached themselves to you.
- Control The Humidity of Your Home
Ticks are attracted to moist and humid areas, so be mindful of the temperature of your home and any lingering items that are wet to the touch. A study showed that ticks in an indoor area with humidity levels of 75% died in about eight hours. To quickly decrease the humidity in your home, have an air conditioner or dehumidifier installed.
Trust East End Tick Control® to Remove Ticks from Your Property
The pest control professionals at End Tick and Mosquito Control® are highly skilled and knowledgeable in all forms of tick control. We have successfully removed ticks from homes for over 20 years across the East End area of Long Island so don’t hesitate to contact us at the first signs of tick infestation. Get a free estimate today or call us at (631) 287-9700 if you live in the Southampton area, (631) 324-9700 if you live in the East Hampton area, or (631) 765-9700 if you live in the Southold area.