Most of us would find it surprising that anything survived in the cold temperatures we endured during the winter. In fact, insects not only survived, they thrived, which means extra vigilance will be required to keep your family and pets safe this summer.
According to reports, northeast Ohio is experiencing “an explosion” of ticks in the area. Ticks are commonly found in wooded and grassy areas. Diseases that can be spread by ticks include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, spotted fever rickettsiosis, tularemia and POW (powassan virus.)Dogs are particularly susceptible to tick bites and diseases. The Ohio Department of Health suggests the following to reduce chances that a tick will transmit a disease to you or your dog:
- Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
- If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
- Ask your veterinarian to perform a tick check at each exam.
- Reduce the tick habitat in your yard.
- Talk to your veterinarian about using tick preventitives on your dog.
There are two types of products available to address ticks. The first is an acaricide, which will either kill the tick on contact, or be absorbed into the dog’s bloodstream and kill ticks that attach and feed. The second is a repellant, which either prevents the tick from coming into contact with a dog at all, or has anti-feeding effects if a tick does attach to a dog.
Landscaping can also play a part in keeping your yard tick free. The ODH suggests clearing tall grasses and brush around your home, mowing your yard frequently and keeping playground equipment in a sunny area away from trees.