Idaho: Tick Season Is Here; Check Dogs And Kids Regularly
Tick season for Idaho is typically April through about October or November depending on the weather for the year. According to one site, Idaho and the Pacific North West will have a pretty average year for ticks.
That being said, you should make sure you check your children and pets, and yourselves if you are anywhere there may be ticks. Some pest websites indicate that we are going to have an average year for ticks and Idaho actually has 3 different species of ticks. Gross, and now I am itching.
Idaho is expected a warmer than average summer so that definitely won't help the tick population.
How do I prevent tick bites:
- Know where ticks live and the areas to avoid
Ticks live in grassy and wooded areas. While spending time outside know the areas to avoid so you are less likely to get bit.
- Wash yourself and your clothing right away
When you come in from an area that may have ticks, make sure you take a shower and treat your clothing. Within two hours is the best time frame to do so.
- Wear a repellent
They do have tick repellent that you can use such as DEET.
How do I check for ticks:
On a human check places like under your arms, inside and around the ears, inside your belly button, the back of the knees, in and around your hair and neck, between your legs and around the waist.
On animals check their body, in between their feet and toes, their ears and around their collar.
How to remove a tick:
You can use fine tipped tweezers to grab it and pull it out. It is best to stay as close to the skins surface as possible. Gently squeeze and pull.
It is also important to make sure you clean the area so you don't get diseases spread by ticks.