Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time for every outdoor activity you’ve waited a whole year for! Swimming, fishing, camping, gardening, and so much more. While the summertime fun is something you can’t pass up, some dangers come along with it. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are not only dangerous but annoying too. Clicks may come along with the season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t steps you can take to prevent them!
Preventing Ticks at Home
Many people get bit by ticks in their own backyard. To help avoid ticks at home, you should:
• Keep grass cut short
• Treat your lawn with a tick prevention spray
• Remove any piles of leaves or debris
• Trim bushes and trees
Ticks are attracted to areas where they can safely hide. Tall grasses, overgrown trees, and collections of waste in the yard are precisely what they’re searching for. The simplest method of preventing ticks are home is to take away the living environment that they crave!
If you’re outdoors somewhere other than your backyard, preventing ticks is more complicated. Permethrin is a chemical that can be used on clothes, shoes, camping gear, and any other outdoor materials you may be bringing along. This chemical works to prevent ticks from coming near you or attaching to any of your belongings. It lasts on the content even after multiple washes too!
Checking for Ticks
Sometimes even the best prevention can’t keep ticks at bay. Luckily, you can find a click before it attaches and potentially spreads a tick-borne disease to you. After any time spent outdoors, you should remove all of your clothing and check for ticks. Ticks on the clothing can be killed using a hot water washing cycle followed by a high heat session in the dryer for at least 10 minutes. Once the clothes are off, check your body for ticks on your skin. Don’t forget to check in the stubborn cracks and crevices too!
If you find a tick on yourself or your child, remove it right away. The safest method of removal is to use a pair of tweezers and pull the tick straight up from the skin. In the days following the tick bite, keep an eye out for fever, rash, or any other visible signs of illness. Don’t hesitate to seek treatment if something doesn’t feel right. Summer is a time for fun, don’t let something as small as a tick ruin that!