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How to Avoid Tick Bites this Summer

Submitted by Cody on July 18, 2010 – 9:34 amNo Comment
How to Avoid Tick Bites this Summer

Is there anything thing worse than finding an engorged tick on your epidermis?  It’s not bad enough that you will have to get this blood-sucker off your body – ticks are also carriers of certain kinds of diseases (like Lyme Disease).  Luckily, you don’t have to avoid the outdoors to remain tick free.  Here are some tips to have a tick free summer time.

  1. Use Repellant – Try using a bug-repellant product that contains a Deet content of 20% or higher.   Make sure you get the repellant in the areas you wouldn’t normally think of – ears, feet, nose, etc (just don’t get it in your mouth).
  2. Wear light colored clothing -  The reason for this tip is simple – it’s way easier to see a creepy crawly tick on lighter colored clothing.
  3. Consider wearing long pants – If you know you are going to be romping around wooded areas or tall grasses, it might be worth the extra heat to wear long pants, which brings me to the next bit of advice…
  4. Stay on trails – Ticks love to hang out in areas with high vegetation.  This is why it might be a good idea to avoid blazing your own trail.  Also, by not blazing your own trail, you help keep the area more natural and pristine.
  5. Do a nightly tick check – If you have been outside a lot during the day, thoroughly check your body for ticks at the end of the day.  You don’t want these pests sticking on your body for longer than necessary.
  6. Check your pets – Before letting your family dog back into the house, check him for ticks!  Spike won’t be able to tell you he has a tick on him – it’s your job to check him!

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