ATLANTA – Climbing temperatures and high humidity are the ingredients of choice for ticks, and Channel 2's Katie Walls has learned that experts believe that the tick population will continue to increase throughout the summer.
There are currently four types of ticks in our region of Georgia: the American tick, the blacklegged tick, the brown tick and the Lone Star tick.
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Insects can carry serious diseases.
The experts told Walls that ticks were thriving in hot, humid weather and that the region still had a long way to go.
An expert in pest control took Mr. Walls to a backyard to show him how homeowners can prevent ticks from breeding in their backyards.
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Dave Lofquist, accompanied by the Arrow Exterminators, told Walls that homeowners can begin by checking which animals could live in their yard and provide a meal for ticks.
"Rodents, mice, rats, chipmunks" are all types of animals that ticks can congregate, said Lofquist.
If you can reduce the food source of ticks, you reduce the number of ticks.
Lofquist told Walls that it was essential to keep your yard clean.
"Keep the vegetation cut off. With reduced or trimmed vegetation, small animals will feel more vulnerable to predation or generally more frightened, "said Lofquist.
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Ticks rest at the edge of a trail or fence, waiting for you or an animal to pass in front of you to hang on.
According to the Ministry of Health of Georgia, when you are traveling, especially in a forested or overgrown area, you must protect yourself from ticks and diseases by wearing a spider mite, DEET or picaridine.
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The Ministry of Health also suggests checking ticks after walking in the grass or in the woods so they can be removed quickly to reduce the risk of disease.
They must be tied for a few hours to transmit the infection, which means the sooner you remove them, the lower the risk of catching something.
If you check an attached check mark for several hours or more, place it in a bag and in the freezer so that if you develop symptoms in the next few weeks, you can see a doctor and get an appropriate diagnosis. .
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