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Ticks are so small they can be easy to miss, especially if they’ve latched themselves onto your dog or cat, or the top of your head or on your back.

Ticks are more prevalent in tall grass and wooded areas inhabited by large animals, such as deer. If hiking through the woods, remember to walk in the center of trails to avoid ticks. While most people may be aware of deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease and are found in the Northeast region of the country, it’s important to remember that different species of ticks are found across the U.S. and that they carry a variety of other diseases.

Before heading out, dress in long sleeves and pants and consider tucking pant legs into socks, especially if you will be walking in tall grass or wooded areas. Also, use a tick repellant containing DEET, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For prolonged outdoor activities such as camping, look for clothing and camping gear that is treated with permethrin.

As soon as you get home from a walk through the woods, time in the garden or camping, it’s important to perform a thorough tick check – from head to toe. If you find a tick on your body, remove it with a slow, steady pull so as not to break off the mouthparts and leave them in the skin. Then wash hands and bite site thoroughly with soap and water. Flush ticks down the toilet or wrap them tightly in tissue before disposing in a closed receptacle.

If you suspect a tick bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you’re concerned about ticks around your home or place of business, give Dave’s Pest Control a call at 1-800-400-6009.