FAIRFAX, Va.– If you’re noticing an increased number of ticks outdoors, it’s not just your imagination. With warm weather on the forefront of most minds, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is reminding consumers of the serious health threats posed by moisture-loving pests like ticks, which thrive in warm, humid climates.
To ring in its second annual Tick Awareness Week, taking place May 8-14, 2022, NPMA is encouraging consumers to visit TickTalk.org, the digital destination for all things tick-related. Here, you can find everything from videos on how to identify and properly remove a tick to reduce the risk of disease transmission, among other educational resources and prevention tips.
Across the country, tick encounters are commonplace and, as such, it’s important to know what you can do to protect yourself, your family, pets and property from this pesky pest. In fact, a recent survey among over 2,000 U.S. adults, commissioned by the NPMA and conducted online by The Harris Poll, found that nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) have seen or removed a tick from themselves, someone else, or a pet.
“Before you throw caution to the wind this summer, remember that ticks are not your average pest,” said Cindy Mannes, senior vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Capable of spreading deadly diseases to humans and pets, ticks pose a big threat to your health. As these dangerous pests continue to spread across all 50 states, we urge Americans to take the small, but very necessary safety precautions when spending time outdoors to keep themselves and their families tick-free.”