Ticks and mosquitoes are two of the biggest threats to outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and gardening. They also pose a threat to pets and livestock.
Ticks are parasites that feed on blood. They attach themselves to animals and humans and suck the blood from their hosts, much like mosquitos.
While ticks are found all over the world, they are especially prevalent in areas where deer and other wild mammals are abundant. Because deer carry Lyme disease, ticks are considered a vector for transmitting the disease.
Ticks can transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, babesiosis, and other diseases. Some tick species are known to bite and leave no trace of damage. Others inject saliva into the host animal, causing only mild irritation. Still others cause serious illness, including death.
Whenever you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible. Waiting until a tick has attached itself may mean that diseases could already be transmitted.
There are several ways to protect yourself against ticks and mosquitoes. The best thing you should do is wear light-colored clothing and long pants with socks when outdoors. This helps prevent stop ticks from getting on your skin.
But because ticks can transmit so many diseases, prevention is key. The best defense against ticks is to spray your yard with a natural insecticide that works well for controlling mosquitos and ticks.
Here is our top recommendation for an organic bug spray that you can use to spray your yard for both ticks and mosquitoes.