Monday, January 23, 2017

Tiny Ticks...a Big Problem...

It's still January and lots of folks are counting down the days until springtime. Along with the pretty flowers and nicer weather, comes ticks. This is not meant to put a negative spin on fairer days, but as simply a reminder to be mindful.     
The problem with ticks is their small size, especially in early spring when the 'nymphs' are
predominant. They are the size of a poppy seed and can often be mistaken for a piece of lint or dirt on a sofa, mattress, lounge chair or picnic blanket. Most times, however, they are not even seen.
     

Once the summer gets underway their size increases but they are still fairly small
and tend to crawl into places like armpits, under our hairline and behind the ears; in the folds of our bodies unbeknownst to us.

The bottom part of our legs or our ankles are often where the ticks usually hitch their ride as we walk in tick populated areas.                                        

   
This is why it's a good idea to wear light colored clothing and long socks. Another good practice is to place your clothing in a dryer for twenty minutes after returning from outdoors. The heat will dry out any tick on your clothing and it will die.
Shower and check for any brown or black spots. Have someone look over your back or look at yourself  in a long mirror.
Get a lint remover and go over yourself with it before entering the house.
Ticks do not fly or jump. They reach out from a blade of grass, a weed or some other shrubby they are on and latch onto us. They do the same with animals and this is how they are transported from one area to another.
Sometimes it's the things we cannot see that can cause the most trouble.



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