Ticks are scary. They pose potentially life-threatening health risks to our families and pets. Especially for pet parents and those who spend lots of time outdoors, it’s essential to safeguard yourself, your pets, and lawn against these frightening pests.
Taking a few simple precautions can substantially reduce the number of ticks and tick bites you encounter. Here’s what to do:
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1. Treat Yourself and Pets
2. Treat Your Lawn
Spray your entire yard, shrubbery, and bases of trees with PCO Choice monthly to kill and repel ticks. For larger tick populations, spray twice, two weeks apart, and then monthly after that.
Because PCO is both family and pet safe, you can start enjoying your yard immediately after application.
3. Check for Ticks
Ticks removed within 36 hours rarely cause disease or infection. After outdoor activities, get in the habit of checking yourself, children, and pets for ticks as soon as possible (ticks are about 2/3 of an inch, brown or red).
Wearing gloves, slowly brush your fingers through their fur, looking for unusual bumps on or near the skin. Be sure to check your pets’ ears, between toes, under armpits, and around their tail.
Wearing gloves, check armpits, ears, belly button, scalp, around the waist, back of knees, crotch, thighs, and in between toes and fingers.
How to Remove a Tick:
Using pointed tweezers, grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Avoid squeezing or damaging the tick (when harmed, ticks can expel harmful fluids into their hosts).
Carefully pull directly upward, removing the entire tick intact. Do not twist or yank the tick. If the tick breaks apart, carefully remove each piece if possible.
Clean and disinfect the bite site with soap & water or rubbing alcohol. Over the next two weeks, monitor the bite site and consult a physician if you experience signs of infection or flu-like symptoms.
Consider saving the tick for two weeks to have it tested in case you experience an adverse reaction.
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