Tips to Avoid Ticks
We’ve all been waiting for summer to enjoy our vacations and outdoor fun, so why should we let ticks ruin our plans?
Howard Balbi, MD, Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, offers these easy to follow recommendations that will let you have summer fun without putting yourself at risk for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses:
- Know tick habitats – ticks may be present in your own backyard so be careful any time you enter potential tick habitats such as tall grass or bushes.
- Walk in the middle of trails and avoid sitting on logs or leaning on trees.
- Wear light-colored clothing making it easier to see the tick. Wear long pants and tuck pants into socks.
- Use DEET (at least 20%) or wear permethrin-treated clothing.
- Shower soon after being outdoors (washes away unseen ticks and gets tick infected clothing off the body)
- Daily tick checks – remove attached ticks ASAP.
- Treat pets appropriately for ticks year-round.
- Call your health care provider if you develop a fever or rash or have any concern about possible Lyme disease.
For more helpful information regarding ticks and Lyme disease, check out these resources for the CDC.