Jan 07

How to Prevent Tick Bites

Tick with its head sticking in human skin, red blotches indicate an infection

During tick season, tick bites can pose a serious risk to you and your family. When a tick bites you, it doesn’t hurt, making it difficult to detect. Ticks can remain on your body for days without you noticing. Not only is a tick stuck to your body for days an unsavory thought, but it can also lead to disease. Ticks can transmit disease such as Lyme disease, which impacts your joints, heart, and nervous system. For this reason, it’s important to do what you can to prevent tick bites for you and your family. We have the tips that can help.

Know Where Ticks Hide

One of the most important steps in tick bite prevention is to know where ticks hide. Ticks find their homes in tall grass and lush greenery. They also tend to prefer cool, shaded areas over warm sunny ones. If you’re walking on a hiking trail, stay in the middle of the trail to avoid the vegetation on either side. When you’re walking through areas where ticks commonly hide, be sure to stay alert and take extra precautions to avoid tick bites.

Wear Light Colored Clothing

When you’re spending time outside, especially in areas where ticks commonly hide, try to wear light colored clothing. When you opt for light colored clothing, you will be able to see any ticks that end up on your clothing. When you are able to easily detect ticks, it will be easier for you to make sure that you shoe them away before they bite you or your family members.

Tuck in Your Clothing

When you’re walking through particularly grassy areas, tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants. Tucking in your clothing will prevent ticks from being able to travel underneath your clothing and bite you. When you expose as little skin as possible and eliminate paths for ticks to get to your skin, you can decrease your likelihood of being bit by a tick.

Use Bug Spray

Before you go outside, it’s a good idea to treat your clothing with a bug spray of some sort. You might consider an insect repellent or product containing permethrin or DEET. Although bug sprays will not be completely effective in repelling ticks, they can help decrease the likelihood of tick bites.

Shower Immediately

After coming inside, showering within two hours can help prevent tick bites. When you immediately shower, you have the opportunity to remove ticks from your body before they have bitten you. The water from the shower can wash ticks away, and showering gives you the opportunity to inspect your whole body for ticks. When you shower immediately after coming inside, you have the opportunity to remove ticks before they’ve bitten you.

Tumble Dry Your Clothes

After coming inside, tumble drying the clothes you were wearing outside can help prevent tick bites. When you tumble dry your clothes on high heat for ten minutes, any ticks that might be on your clothes will be eliminated. Placing your clothes in the dryer is a great way to make sure that any ticks stuck on your clothes won’t lead to a tick bite for anyone in your home.

Check Yourself and Family Members

One of the most important methods of tick prevention is to thoroughly check yourself and your family members for ticks after coming inside. Be sure to pay extra attention to your kids, who might be unable to properly inspect themselves. Ticks tend to bite in warm areas on your body such as your knees, behind the ears, groins, armpits, and hairlines, so pay close attention to these areas during tick inspections. Removing ticks form your body immediately is the best way to prevent tick bites and disease transmission.

Protect Your Pets

The humans in your home aren’t the only ones at risk for tick bites. Ticks can also bite your pets, which can be harmful to them. They can also carry ticks from outside into your home, which puts your whole family at risk for tick bites. To protect your pets from ticks, be sure to check them thoroughly each time they come inside. You should also use flea and tick medication that can repel and eliminate ticks.

What to Do if You’re Bitten

Despite all of these preventative methods, you might still get a tick bite. If a tick bites you, don’t panic. You should remove a tick immediately after spotting it. Immediate removal can greatly limit your risk of disease transmission, as a tick needs to be attached to your body for 36 hours to transmit Lyme disease. To remove the tick, simply pull it off with tweezers. Be sure to remove every part of the tick, including the head and all of its legs. DO NOT attempt to burn the tick off, as this can result in the tick burying itself deeper into your skin. After a tick bite, keep an eye out from Lyme disease symptoms. If you’re not sure when you were bitten, it’s a good idea to see a doctor to test for Lyme disease. The earlier Lyme disease is detected; the better off you’ll be in the long run.

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