While the thought of spending some quality time with nature this spring sounds wonderful, the pest control professionals at Plunkett’s urge Minnesotans to be extra cautious when hiking or spending time outdoors as ticks are showing up early. Ticks are just one of the many pests that are being found earlier than usual this year, and unfortunately a tick bite from a blacklegged tick, also known as a deer tick, has the potential to transmit Lyme disease. With May being Lyme Disease Awareness Month we thought it would be a good idea to share some helpful tick prevention tips.
- cover arms, legs and skin with long sleeves, pants and footwear
- wear light colored clothing so you can easily see a tick
- consider a repellent with DEET to help ward off ticks
- walk in the center of paths when in the woods as ticks wait in transitional areas
- always check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks when you get inside
- keep your pets treated through the heavy tick season with an effective tick treatment that can be purchased at your local veterinarian’s office