There are four types of ticks that are commonly found in North Texas: the lone star tick, black- legged tick (aka deer tick), American dog tick and brown dog tick.
While there’s a lot of speculation that ticks of all kind can potentially spread Lyme disease. We want to put your hearts at ease and know what to look for in this up and coming season. The two types of ticks that carry and spread Lyme disease are the black-legged tick and western black-legged tick (the second, not being found in Texas). Very rarely are there many cases of Lyme disease here in the DFW metroplex. Furthermore, while Lyme disease is well known as an infectious disease, it is commonly treated with antibiotics.
Whew! Breath of fresh air, right?
Well, Lyme disease is far from the only health risk ticks pose for people and their furry counterparts. In fact, different species of ticks can transmit over 15 different viruses or infections to humans or pets. With this in mind, here are a few tips to protect yourself from these nasty leech-like creatures.
Wear light clothing! Which makes the ticks easier to spot.
Tuck your pant legs into socks to prevent ticks from becoming secret stowaways!
Check your family and pets if you’ve ventured into a potentially tick-infested area, such as wooded areas or tall grass.
Preventative measures to treat your yard, will help keep your four legged friends from bringing them inside.
Here at BPP we make sure your family is our family and make sure all the education you may ever need is at your fingertips. The most important aspect of tick prevention is making sure that you’re educated about what causes a large tick infestation, how to prevent them and what to do to keep them at bay.