You probably don’t need us to tell you that ticks are bad news. Best-case scenario, they are creepy little critters that can easily hitchhike into your house on a human or a pet, and they can be very hard to remove from skin. Worst-case scenario, these tiny bugs can cause debilitating, lifelong illness. If you have animals or you live in a wooded location, tick treatment for your yard could be a crucial way to keep your family and pets safe this summer.
You probably already know that you need to check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks after being outside in a tick infested area. This is a tedious process, and it’s even more tedious if you do find a tick—those things are hard to remove! If everyone would treat lawns for ticks, then these unwanted guests would be a much smaller problem.
Why Ticks are Attracted to Humans & Pets
People often ask us, “Why do ticks latch onto people and pets in the summertime?” Here’s our answer: as the weather warms up, ticks are starting to become active. Just like any other animal, they’re coming out with the goal of reproducing and continuing their species. As parasites, ticks need a host in order to reproduce. Hosts can be just about any warm-blooded mammal that they can find. Human skin is often easy to access, and pets are often easy targets because they’re low to the ground and they like to sniff around in tall grass and underbrush where ticks hide. Ticks are in a hurry to find hosts because they rely on the host’s blood to provide nutrition so they can lay their eggs. Each female tick can lay thousands of eggs, so it’s easy to see how they can infest an area so quickly!
How Ticks Get In Your Lawn
Maybe you’re not surrounded by woods or areas of tall grass, but you’ve still noticed a tick or two. You might be surprised, but it’s not actually that uncommon. Ticks latch onto any animals they can find, and then they drop off when they’ve had their fill of blood. During that time, the host animal may have strayed far from the original area where it picked up the tick. Just one or two ticks could be carried onto a lawn by a deer, a dog, or another animal. Before you know it, there could be thousands of the tiny critters seeking blood meals and spreading throughout your and your neighbors’ yards.
Treat Lawns for Ticks to Avoid Disease
The worst thing about ticks is that they can spread many diseases in the process of feeding. Tick-borne diseases can affect both humans and pets, and they can be spread from host to host as the tick moves around in between meals. Lyme Disease is the most well known tick-borne disease, and it can be devastating.
If you live in a high-risk area for ticks, you’re doing yourself, your neighbors, and your pets a huge favor by getting your lawn treated. Choose from natural or synthetic options, and protect your family this tick season.