Ticks are a problem all over the country, so it is not surprising that we have to deal with them in Livingston, Glen Ridge, and throughout Essex County. Not only do ticks cause dermatological issues for our pets, they also spread diseases such as Lyme, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever (RMSF), bartonellosis, hepatozoonosis, and more. The symptoms caused by these diseases is beyond the scope of this short article. Today, we’re going to focus on prevention and protection.
Veterinarian-prescribed tick products are the frontline defense against tick-borne diseases. These come in many forms from collars to dusts. But be aware that these products are not 100% protection.
Every time your pet leaves the house, they have a chance of acquiring ticks. Understanding how this works can assist you in prevention. Ticks don’t drop down from trees and they don’t spring from bushes. They wait on vegetation with the front appendage out. When a furry animal brushes past, they cling and climb up. You can avoid this by:
- Using a leash to steer your pets away from tall grass, weeds, hanging vegetation, and bushes so that contact is not made.
- Getting a veterinarian-prescribed repellent for your pet, this will help to keep ticks off.
Since your yard is a location where your pet is likely to spend a lot of time, it is important to reduce tick populations. Here are a few ways you can do this:
- Wildlife carry ticks into your yard. When you resist wildlife, you reduce ticks. Keep exterior trash in sealed containers. Put fencing around gardens and other food sources. Keep your grass trimmed and weeds to a minimum.
- Ticks are moisture pests. If you keep your yard dry, you’ll have fewer ticks. One way that helps a lot is trimming trees and bushes to let the sunlight dry your foundation perimeter.
If you are a dog owner it is important to restrict your dog’s ability to go into tall grass and hiding places around your foundation, where ticks may be. Creating a fenced in area keeps your dog in, and wildlife out.
Professional tick control offered by an industry-leading pest management company like ChemTec Pest Control will give you more freedom to allow your pets to roam around your yard and prevent ticks from biting any humans that walk around in the yard. A professional can also give you control for rodents, which are able to bring ticks into your home.
Ticks are a serious problem for pets and humans in Essex county. Don’t take chances with the health of your family, take proactive measures to resist the influence of ticks.