How to protect yourself, children and pets
With spring in bloom, people are packing their backpacks and vehicles for a number of outdoor activities. The season offers milder temperatures for these outings but also brings risks related to pests such as ticks. These pests can transmit a number of diseases, but there are a few proactive steps people can take to protect themselves and their household members.
“The ongoing drought in Texas is preventing some of these pests from emerging because most populations are triggered by good rainfall,” said Rogelio Mercado, a county extension officer at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office. “However, fleas and ticks tend to thrive in dry weather and can be a nuisance to pet owners in the event of an infestation affecting the property and animals.”