Preventing a Tick Encounter

Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne infections. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control Lyme disease:

  • While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.
     
  • Avoid direct contact with ticks by avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Always walk in the center of trails when possible.
     
  • Repel ticks with DEET or permethrin. Use repellents that contain at least 20-30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions.
     
  • Permethrin should only be applied to clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer. Other repellents registered by the EPA may be found online at https://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect.
     

 

When Checking for Ticks, Remember To:

  • When you come in from outdoors, check all over your body for ticks, including your groin, head, and underarms. Comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb, or have someone check your scalp.
     
  • To remove ticks from clothing, put your clothes in a hot dryer or hang them out in the sun on a hot day for at least 15 minutes. The heat can kill the ticks. Also check for ticks on any gear you had with you in the woods.
     
  • Check your children daily for ticks, especially during the summer months.
     
  • Check your pets for ticks after they’ve been outdoors. Your pets can carry infected ticks indoors where they might fall off your pet and attach to you.

Checking for Ticks is Easy
Checking for Ticks is Easy

If you find a deer tick on yourself or a loved one, SAVE IT and get it tested for Lyme Disease! It’s much faster and more accurate than getting a person tested.


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  1. Joany Graham 4 months ago

    We live in East Texas. Our house is in a heavy wooded area. Pine, cedar & oak trees, alot of deer & cattle. What can I do to help prevent blacklegged deer tick from our dogs.

    1. Other than ensuring that your pup is on a preventative (either medication or collar), we strongly recommend Tick Tubes for tick prevention, however that only works for your own property. After coming back from a walk with your dog, be sure to always do a thorough tick check.

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