Guide To Avoiding Ticks In New Jersey

March 20, 2020

There are many great things about living in New Jersey, but one downside is the presence of ticks. Although ticks are relatively small parasites, they can do a great deal of damage. Find out how to avoid ticks in New Jersey and how to protect yourself or your family from these hazardous parasites.

a deer tick on a plant

Why Should You Avoid Ticks?  

You might not need a reason to not want a blood-sucking parasite on your body, but there are plenty of reasons. As with most parasites, one of the biggest dangers of ticks is their ability to transmit diseases. They can bite you anywhere on your body but are usually drawn to the groin and underarm areas. Once they latch on, ticks begin to suck blood. As they do, they have the potential to transmit tick-borne diseases. Not all ticks have the ability to spread diseases, but many species do.
The type of disease a tick transmits depends on your location and the species of tick. In New Jersey, the biggest danger is Lyme disease. This disease is typically spread by the black-legged tick or deer tick, which is often found in the woods and grassy fields of New Jersey and surrounding states. Lyme disease is a potentially devastating disease that could result in arthritis, memory loss, and nerve pain among other symptoms. At times, people don’t realize they’re infected until it’s too late to prevent the late stages of the disease. 

Other Tick-Borne Diseases

In New Jersey, ticks can spread other types of diseases. Two common diseases are Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. In either case, medical intervention is required.

How To Prevent Ticks

Due to the health risks associated with a tick bite, you should take precautions to prevent ticks from biting you and living in your yard. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to try to protect yourself and your family.

Protect Yourself In High-Risk Areas

  • Any time you’ll be hiking or walking in a tick-prone area, take precautions. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and tall socks. Tuck your pants into your socks for maximum protection as the less skin you have exposed, the less chance you will be bitten by a tick. 
  • Before you hit the trail, spray yourself with a chemical repellent. Generally, DEET, picaridin, and permethrin are the most effective against ticks. 
  • Finally, check yourself and your companions for ticks after exploring a high-risk area. Be extremely thorough in your search and immediately remove any ticks found.

Make Your Yard Less Inhabitable To Ticks And Their Carriers

As a parasite, a tick is carried from one place to another by hosts like deer. When you have a well-kept yard that’s unappealing to furry hosts, you can keep ticks away. You can also make it so that your yard isn’t a haven for ticks.
If you have any leaf litter in your yard, remove it. Keep your grass cut low and avoid having a tall brush at the edge of your property line. To prevent ticks from moving into your yard, make a barrier of wood chips. They won’t easily be able to cross the barrier, which will prevent them from encroaching into your favorite yard space. Rodents can be carriers of ticks, so organizing messy and wet piles of wood may prevent ticks. If you have any old furniture or trash in your backyard, remove it. 
Even if you follow all of the above tips, there’s no way to guarantee that ticks will stay away. For the best results, enlist the help of the professionals at Amco Pest Control. We have residential service plans designed to keep ticks and other pests off of your property. Call us today to learn more. We are standing by to assist you!

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