Most people know that ticks can be dangerous to humans and animals such as the family pet. Ticks can carry and transmit Lyme disease and other diseases as well. But what can you do? You can be educated about what to be aware of and what you can do to help prevent ticks from getting under your skin, literally.
You would think if something was biting and burrowing its head into your skin, you would feel it right? That is not always to case with ticks. In fact, tick bites are usually painless. Ticks are so small most people are unaware they have been bitten.
Here are some tick prevention tips while enjoying the outdoors:
- Wear light colored clothing, this makes it easier to spot ticks if they have hitched a ride with you
- Clothing should cover your body well: Long sleeves, pants and tall socks.
- Tuck pants into socks (it’s not a fashion show, just do it)
- Hair should be covered with a light colored hat. If you have long hair, it’s a good idea to have it tied/pulled back, or braided
- Insect repellent is a great tool also, spray clothing with the repellent
- Checking for ticks should be done immediately after coming indoors after being in an area that you may have encountered ticks
- Remove clothing immediately and place in the dryer on the HOT setting, to kill any ticks that may be stuck on the clothing
- Check your body and hair for ticks. Pay attention to behind the ears, elbows, behind the knees, underarms, and private areas.
Ticks can be out during any season, if the temperature is right. Ticks may become active even during winter, as long as the temperatures are above 40 degrees.
As mentioned earlier, tick bites are usually painless; this is why it’s very important to check your body for ticks. Don’t forget to check your pets for ticks also. It’s a good idea to check pets before they enter the home, as the ticks may be passed through the house onto beds and other furniture.