Relocating to the country provides many benefits, such as decreased anxiety and illness, that make it a good choice for many individuals. However, you and your family are at a higher risk for certain types of pests, such as ticks, and need to understand how to manage these parasites.
Tick Bites May Trigger Many Health Issues
People living in the city typically don't have to worry that much about ticks because ticks are mostly found in more rural areas. However, relocating your family to the country practically invites ticks to invade your lives because you likely have no experience with these problematic pests.
Ticks are very small — but not microscopic — eight-legged pests that typically have an intensely red color. A tick is likely to get on your skin — or that of your family members — when you're outside having fun in your new country home. And when they do, they'll burrow themselves in and gorge on your blood.
In many cases, a tick bite is a harmless situation, but it can also become a serious issue. For example, bites may trigger allergic reactions such as swelling or burning and even blisters. Even worse, ticks can spread dangerous illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, that may threaten your lives. As a result, you need to adjust your new country living routine to include regular tick pest control methods.
Pest Control Can Help Your Family
If you're worried about ticks in your new country home and you aren't sure what to do, there are several steps to take. The first is to check yourself — and your pets — every time you come in from being outside. Ticks take some time to bite and get in your skin, so you should be able to find them in a few moments on your legs, arms, or in your hair.
Next, you need to keep the grass on your property short to ensure that the breeding ground for ticks is minimized as much as possible. Short grass also makes it easier for you to spot ticks moving across your lawn and can make it easier for their predators to spot and eat them. And if you see possums in your yard, don't scare them away — they eat tons of ticks.
Lastly, you can apply pesticides or other treatments to your lawn if you can't get your tick population under control. This problem is likely in a rural area because their population is often much higher in these areas and much harder to manage without professional help.
So if you're concerned about the possibility of ticks in your new country home and you want to protect your family, follow these steps right away. You may also want to contact a pest control expert to learn more tips on tick and pest control.