Like most, you may understand that ticks are carriers of Lyme disease. Avoiding these insects isn't always simple, however. Long hikes, camping and even mowing an overgrown lawn can expose you to these creatures. Take these precautions so you won't risk your health:
A repellent spray is probably the easiest way to protect your body from ticks. However, many people still don't use it. Whenever you know you'll be outdoors where ticks could strike, spritz yourself. Ensure that DEET is an active ingredient in whatever spray you ultimately purchase.
Wear Proper Clothing
If a tick can't reach your skin, a bite isn't possible. You can make it harder for ticks by concealing as much of your body as possible with clothing. Wear long pants with no holes or rips; tuck them into your socks. Try long-sleeved shirts. You may also select light-colored pieces so any ticks will be more visually prominent instead of camouflaged.
Check Your Skin When You Go Indoors
Once your time outside is done, you may think you're off the hook. However, if any ticks somehow got on your clothing, they can find their way to your skin. Deny them that chance by disrobing and checking your body for ticks. If your pet was with you, look through their fur too. Wash clothes immediately.
Take Precautions Everywhere
You don't have to be deep in the woods to have a tick problem. If you know you'll be outdoors in an area with any vegetation, there is a risk, however small. You could end up being bitten standing in your own backyard, especially if the grass has had a chance to get out of control. Remember to protect your skin.
These precautions protect you against ticks. However, If you do see that a tick has bitten you, don't yank it out or try to squeeze it. Squeezing it only releases their saliva into your body, which is problematic if they carry Lyme disease, and yanking it could leave the head intact, also a problem. Instead, use tweezers to grasp the tick's head, and in a turning motion, pull the entire insect out of your skin. Flush the bug away in a toilet, as it may yet be alive and putting it into the bathroom trash could present the possibility that it climbs out only to latch onto a pet. Calling your physician and arranging a checkup is smart as well.
Contact a company like Environmental Services Pest Control for more information and assistance.