Preventing Tick Bites
You can take a number of simple precautions to reduce the risk of coming in contact with the tick:
- Avoid Infested Areas. Avoidance of tick infested areas is the best precaution. Campers, hikers, outdoor workers, and others who spend time in wooded, bushy and grassy places are most likely to be exposed to ticks and should learn how to protect themselves. Ticks that transmit Lyme disease are also found in lawns and gardens, especially at the edge of woodlands.
- Clear Out Their Homes. Clearing and cutting of brush and tall grass around houses and at the edges of gardens may help lower the tick population. Ticks like shady, moist ground litter.
- Insecticides. Consider the use of chemical insecticides (acaricides) such as Sevin, Dursban or Tempo to help control ticks, especially if you live in an endemic area. Spring (late May) and Fall (September) applications will help eliminate both nymphs and adults. Make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions, or have a licensed professional do the work.
- Dress Appropriately. Chances of a tick bite can be lessened by dressing appropriately when going into areas where ticks are likely to be present. Ticks must attach to your skin, and they climb upwards. Tuck your pant legs into your socks or boots, and your shirt into your pants. Wear light-colored clothing so that you can spot ticks more easily.
- Use Repellents. Use insect repellents which are effective in repelling ticks (use with caution on children). Repellents containing