Preventing Tick Bites and Diseases: Say Yes to Tick Protection

These tiny but nasty and dangerous insects carry many illnesses and diseases, sucking our blood just like mosquitoes. No one is ever guaranteed to meet a tick someday and suffer the following consequences. So the best protection one may have is to simply avoid any tick-infested areas and tick bites as a result. However, if you either live in or visit wooded, grassy areas with tall weeds, then it’s important to follow certain precautions.

  • Wear protective clothing: long trousers, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes or boots, head coverings. Put on light-colored clothing for easier tick detecting and always tape the areas where clothes meet, for no chance of tick’s crawling under them.
  • Apply insect repellents which contain 10%-30% DEET to clothes primarily, but sparingly to the exposed skin. No direct face spraying is allowed; spray the device onto hands and only then apply to face. Try to avoid sensitive eyes, nasal membranes and mouth. Wash treated skin after coming from outdoors. Permethrin repellents are to be used for treating clothes, not skin. Always follow label directions. Warn your children about the use of repellents.
  • Walk in the center of trails, and you will have no weeds brushing against you. Try not to sit on the ground or disturb forest leaf litter in camping areas.
  • Check all the family members, yourself plus pets for ticks every 2-3 hours. Ticks attached for more hours will start transmitting diseases.
  • Masking or cellophane tapes can be arranged around the hand, by leaving the sticky side out and attaching the two ends. Ticks will be stuck to the tape, then folded over and placed in trash afterwards.
Tick Protection

Only Prompt Tick Removals

Tick on the skin photosThe tick’s mouthparts can lead to infection at the bite site if they are not removed promptly. Never listen to any tick burning with a match or covering it with either petroleum jelly or nail polish. No bare hands using and removing the tick are allowed: even its secretions carry diseases. The best method to remove a tick is just grasp and pull it straight out firmly with the help of tweezers. Do not jerk or twist the tick. You may also use a piece of tissue/cloth/whatever as a barrier between your fingers and the tick, if there are no tweezers. Dispose ticks safely: place them in a soapy water or alcohol, flush them down the toilet or stick them to tape. If you want to identify the tick, put it in alcohol. Wash both the bite area and your hands thoroughly with water and soap, and then apply an antiseptic. If you suddenly have got an unexplained illness with fever, contact a doctor.

Tick Prevention & Control At Home

Yes to Tick Protection

  1. Make the property around your home unattractive to ticks. As far as they are sensitive to dry conditions and thrive in long vegetation only, ticks are seldom a problem in lawns that are well-maintained. Cut weeds and keep your grass mowed. Clean up all spilled birdseed, old wood piles and other hidings that attract rodents and then carry ticks. If there is any vegetation along the edge of your property, 1-2 applications of insecticides per season will be enough to control ticks in high weed areas.
  2. Free-roaming cats and dogs are much more likely to carry ticks than those that are domestic or confined to the yard. If ticks are found on any of your pets, contact the veterinarian for further information. Ticks occasionally found indoors are to be removed by vacuuming, then sealing the vacuum bag and placing it in the trash. Some owners of kennels/homes may need inviting professional pest control assistants.

When to Contact a Doctor

When to Contact a Doctor - Tick bite

If this awful experience has still occurred to you, and you have noticed either a rash somewhere on the body or an unexplained illness with fever, the very first thing to do is consulting a physician. Always explain that you have been bitten by a tick. All the diseases carried by ticks are to be treated with antibiotics, and all the individuals should be treated early in their infection.

Take care of yourself. That is all to be said about tick prevention and protection.

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