The danger of ticks

Ticks are small insects that look like small spiders. Officially, ticks belong to the arachnids. Ticks undergo four stages in their life:

  1. Egg
  2. Larva
  3. Nymph
  4. Adult tick

There are some clear differences between a larva, the nymph and an adult tick. For example a larva only has 6 legs, while the nymph and an adult tick have eight legs. 

Where do ticks live?

In general ticks live in the forest. The reason that a thick survives in the forest is because there are a lot of food sources in that area. Small rodents, mice and red vole are to be found in the forest. These animals are the main food sources fort the tick larva. Since ticks cannot move very far, they depend on a high density of these rodents so that they can easily get close to their food.

The danger of a tick bite

Ticks can be quiet dangerous. They often appear in the summer. The problem with ticks is that they appear in areas where we spend a lot of time in the summer. For example in the backyard or in the nature (forest). The tiny bug seems innocent, but when it bites you it can make you really sick. A tick bite can result in light symptoms such as a fever but it can also result in serious illness which could result in kidney or liver damage. 

Protect yourself

So if you decide to spend time in the forest or in the backyard, protect yourself. First of all, wear tick repellent clothing. When you spend time in the forest it is recommended to  apply insect repellants such as Permethrin. Permethrin is a spray that you can spray on your clothes and shoes. It will immediately kill the tick.

How to keep ticks out of your backyard

Homeowners can take a number of measures to reduce to possibility of being bitten by a thick in their own backyard. The cleaner you keep your property the less likely it is that ticks will appear. So keep the grass mowed. Remove bushes and leaves as much as possible. This way you keep a tick free zone.