Why ticks are still a threat in autumn
- Oct 28, 2016
For any outdoor adventure, exercising good caution and employing tick safety tips is a way to minimize any unwanted bites and fully enjoy your trip. Unfortunately, many people associate ticks with the summer months and may be unaware that in some cases, these parasitic bugs are actually more prevalent in autumn. This can leave people vulnerable, as they may neglect common tick prevention methods. Here's what you need to know about autumn tick safety.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that ticks are so dangerous because they harbor bacteria, viruses and small parasites that can lead to illness or disease. When these bugs bite down on human skin, they can unknowingly transmit pathogens directly into the bloodstream.
Even if it has been cold or recently snowed in your area, ticks can find safe haven and still be a nuisance. Being proactive is a good place to start when it comes to tick safety. Opt for long-sleeved clothing and utilize insect repellent. Be sure to thoroughly inspect your body after a hike or camping trip, including in hard to reach nooks like under your Triple Sensor PRW3510Y-1 Pro Trek Watch.
What to look for
Falling leaves and sticks give ticks cover from predators and weather, meaning they can actually fair better in autumn than in spring or summer. When hiking through the woods, minimize time spent rummaging through debris, long grass and other areas that could provide shelter for these bugs. Your garden and backyard can also be full of ticks, so be mindful of any risk when raking or jumping in leaf piles.
You likely won't be able to feel a bite, so be sure to inspect your clothing and body throughout your trip. If you do find a tick on your body, use tweezers to remove the entire animal, including the head and jaws. Stick it to a piece of tape in case you develop any illness and need to bring it to a doctor.
Protecting your pet
The Pet Health Network found that eager and rambunctious dogs may actually be at an elevated risk for an unwanted tick encounter. This is especially true if you let your pooch run off trail when hiking or walking. Outdoor cats, meanwhile, may also inadvertently get bitten. Frequent tick checks or over-the-counter repellents specifically made for your pet can keep your furry friend safe from harm.