Several tick diseases are present in Florida, and others can be contracted during travel. If you are bitten by a tick and become ill, contact your physician. Ticks can be found throughout the year in Florida, but there are seasonal differences in the abundance of nymphs and adults. Ticks in either stage can transmit diseases, so quick removal of ticks and prevention of bites are both important. There can be an increased risk of disease from nymphs because they are so small they aren’t even noticed. Never remove a tick with your bare hand. Instead, use tweezers, grasp the tick close to the skin and pull gently, making sure to get the head. Preventing tick bites is the best way to avoid becoming ill. Apply repellent * Steer clear of tall grass, wooded areas, and leaf litter, walking in the middle of the trail * check your body and your child’s for ticks after spending time in these places * Check your pet * Dress in light-colored clothing when you are in areas when ticks might be present * Shower soon after being outdoors * Put clothes in dryer on high heat for one hour to kill any remaining ticks * At Safari Pest Control we offer affordable tick extermination, using the safest methods and products available. So call 813-703-4673. It’s a jungle out there!