Tick Season Means it’s Time for Tick Prevention Tips
The weather is finally starting to feel absolutely amazing, and it’s time to get outside. It happens every spring – the weather feels nice, and you’re ready to go do something. Whether it’s biking, gardening, taking one of the trails through the park or going on a nice hike, the chance to be outside and enjoy the sunshine is tempting. Unfortunately, this tick season comes with a danger all its own – ticks. The ticks are just as excited to be out in the warmth as you are, and they’re hungry. How can you avoid becoming their next meal? Take a look at these tick prevention tips.
- DEET: If you’re headed outside, the single best thing you can do is use a repellent that contains at least 20% DEET. This type of repellent will usually last several hours, and in most cases, it will keep ticks from latching on.
- Stay Covered: It’s warm, and you really want to slip on those shorts and that short-sleeved shirt, but if you’re going to be in an area that’s likely to host ticks – leafy, shady areas with high grasses, usually – you’re going to want to wear long sleeves and long pants. You’ll also want to tuck your pants into your socks. It looks a bit like a fashion disaster, but it will keep the ticks out.
- Do an Inspection: Despite your best efforts to keep the ticks off of your body, you may still end up with a few when you get home. As soon as you walk in from that bike ride or from working in the garden, take your clothes off, do an inspection, and take a shower. Don’t forget to inspect your dog as well, because he’s just as vulnerable as you are. If you do find any ticks, remove them immediately.
There are also several things you can do to prevent ticks in your yard. Keep it mowed during the warm summer months. Remove any leaf litter around your property. If you have a wooded area near your property, create a barrier of wood chips or gravel at least three feet wide between the wooded area and your lawn to keep ticks out.
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