10 Ways To Avoid Tick Bites This Summer
It’s summertime, which means outdoor play, hiking, gardening — and tick bites.
But people can take steps to avoid the nasty critters, beyond the old-standby advice to cover up and avoid tall grass. From wood chips to a quick ride in the dryer, here are 10 ways to avoid tick bites.
1. Repel the bugs
Apply CEDAR-AL cedar oil thoroughly on legs, socks, clothing and boots. A tick will not miss an untreated spot so spray down good ! Please read more in the articles about How to Use and for Campers.
2. Be vigilant at home
Hiking and camping aren’t the most common ways to catch a tick-borne disease, it’s estimated that three-fourths of people pick up the ticks in activities in and around the home, with children’s play and gardening being some of the riskiest activities.
Parents should also make sure to do tick checks on children when they come in from play.
3. Stay in the sun
Tick nymphs have leaky cuticles, or outer covers, that rapidly lose moisture. As a result, they can’t survive in environments with lower than 80 percent humidity for more than eight hours. As a result, nymphs congregate in leaf piles in shady, humid environments, so sticking to sunny areas can reduce tick exposure.
4. Change the landscape
Most ticks around homes stay within a few yards of the interface between the yard and a wooded area.
To keep the yard tick-free, use landscaping that deters mice, deer, woodchucks and other rodents that carry ticks. People should also remove tick habitat such as leaf piles, shrubs and groundcover near the house. Play sets should be kept in the sun, away from the shade.
Ticks won’t cross a barrier of wood chips placed around the yard’s perimeter, perhaps because the dry material makes them dry out too much.
5. Check the dog
Though American dog ticks don’t usually harbor diseases that sicken people, the lone star tick can often hitchhike on a pet into the home, so pet owners should check pets for the bugs as soon as they come indoors.
Give them a good rub down and give them a good spray with the hose. They hate it but you can make it fun. Remember to give him a bi weekly CEDAR-AL pet shampoo bath and treatment with the CEDAR-AL cedar oil, again please read the How to Use page for more info.
6. Cover up
Covering up can prevent ticks from latching on.
Tucking pants into socks is a totally nerdy-looking thing, but in this case it can save you the suffering from a tick-borne disease later on.
Of course, that advice may be hard to follow during peak tick season because nobody in their right mind wants to cover up in the summer months, it’s too hot.
7. Lighten up
The clothes people wear should also be light. Nymphal ticks are about the size of a poppy seed, so if you wear lighter-colored clothing like light socks, lighter-colored pants, you’re going to have an easier time identifying them.
8. Quick dry clothing
Because ticks are so vulnerable to drying out, the hitchhiking parasites can be killed by giving clothing a quick whirl in the dryer on high heat for five minutes.
Ticks can survive the wash, and people who have to both wash and dry their clothes may just toss their clothing into a pile for later. It’s better to do a quick dry cycle immediately than to let the tick linger.
9. Shower and inspect
After high-risk activities, people should immediately take their clothes off and do a tick inspection and shower. People who are in the habit of showering immediately after outdoor activities, using the CEDAR-AL Pet Shampoo on their hair and body, are less likely to get Lyme disease, perhaps because they can catch any biting ticks before they’ve transmitted the disease.
After biting, ticks can take several hours to transmit Lyme disease.
10. Remove the tick
If, after taking all these precautions, people do get bitten, they should remove the tick immediately with tweezers or forceps.
It’s important to visit a doctor if flulike symptoms or a suspicious rash appear, and to bring the tick in for testing by a state health department to see if it harbors any diseases.
Overall don’t let the fear of tics spoil your fun, just take precautions and enjoy the great outdoors 🙂