SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Summer fun in the sun can mean an uptick in tick problems.
Kevin Poole, the president of Permatox Pest Control, said he has taken more phone calls about ticks than in previous years.
Poole said one reason why is people spend more time outside during this time of year than in the winter.
He also added that the fire ant population has an impact the tick population.
"[Pest control companies] have done a better job of controlling fire ants. Fire ants did a better job in knocking down the population of ticks for a number of years. But, now we are getting a better control of the fire ants, so the tick population is growing again."
The CDC recommends using repellent that contains 20 percent or more of DEET, picaridin or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection.
According to the CDC, people can reduce the tick population in their yard by doing the following:
- Use acaricides (tick pesticides)
- Mow frequently
- Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns
- Keep playground equipment, decks and patios away from yard edges and trees
- Discourage other animals from entering the yard
- Remove old furniture, mattresses and trash from the property
Here are some tips from the CDC on how to remove a tick
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick
- Pull upward with steady even, pressure.
- After removing the tick, clean the bitten
- Dispose of the tick by submersing it in alcohol. Do NOT crush the tick with your fingers.