The warmer months mean the beginning of tick season. Now’s the time to brush up on what to do about those tiny bloodsuckers!
Ticks are always on the lookout for hosts since they survive off of blood. Some ways that you can prevent tick bites include:
- Walking in the middle of trails (avoiding tall grass and bushes)
- Wearing white or light-colored clothing to spot ticks quickly
- Wearing long pants tucked into socks
- Spraying tick repellent on clothes and shoes before entering woods or grassy areas
The best repellents for tick contain 20-30% DEET
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after returning home from walks in grassy areas or woods
- Conduct a full-body tick check, particularly under arms, around ears, inside belly buttons, around waists, and in hair
- Dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks that may be lingering on clothing
- Tuck your pants into your socks so that ticks cannot crawl up your legs
Help! I’ve Been Bit!
Usually you won’t feel anything if you’ve been bit. However, there may be redness around the bite. Follow the instructions in the infographic below to remove the tick.
Don’t cover the tick with petroleum jelly, nail polish, or anything else to kill it — these items won’t make the tick come out from the skin.
Learn more about identifying ticks, which ticks cause lyme disease, and how to remove ticks in the infographic below.