Summer is definitely here. Along with longer days, gardening, hiking, camping, or just enjoying the great outdoors, comes ticks. Whether it's your furry friend bringing them into your house, or you taking a seat on the grass at the ballpark, no one wants ticks.
Tick bites are more than an itchy nuisance. Ticks can carry disease, such as Lyme disease, which is a serious health problem in the U.S. According to the CDC, Lyme disease is estimated to affect approximately 300,000 American each year. Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic bulls-eye skin rash. Of course, not all ticks carry disease, but their bite is still itchy and unpleasant, and can become infected.
Ticks are unable to jump, so they grab on to their host when they walk by. They hang onto a blade of grass with their rear legs and hold their front legs outstretched waiting for you or your pet to brush against them so they can hitch a ride. No one wants to spend the summer indoor worrying about ticks, so here are a few ways to prevent being bitten by these creepy crawlies.