An insect that most people want to avoid is the tick. Ticks are small parasites that suck blood and carry diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and more. There are many different types of ticks throughout the United States. Tick sightings are common throughout the year but are more active during the hotter months. Keep scrolling to learn how to enjoy your time outdoors by preventing tick bites.
Use Tick Repellent
The easiest and fastest way to prevent tick bites is to use a tick repellent. The CDC recommends treating your clothing and equipment with products that contain 0.5 permethrin. You can also use Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellents that contain DEET or picaridin. While using these products, always follow the instructions and keep children under three years of age away from the area where you are spraying.
Avoid Areas That Attract Ticks
Avoiding areas where ticks nest is another simple way to avoid getting bitten by one. Ticks are usually found in brushy, grassy or wooded areas. You can also find ticks on animals like deer or dogs. In most cases, ticks dwell around camping grounds, forests and other non-populated areas. However, they can live in your yard, too. To keep your yard free of ticks all year long, schedule a yearly pest control inspection.
Wear the Right Type of Clothing
Avoiding areas where ticks may live can be hard, so prepare yourself by wearing the right type of clothing. Wear light-colored clothing, so you have an easier time spotting any ticks that jump on you. Ticks can easily travel up through pants or socks, so stop their access by tucking your pants into your socks.
Check Everything Before Going Inside
Before stepping inside, you must check not only yourself, but all your gear, clothing, pets and children. Ticks prefer to hide in dark crevices around the body like armpits, belly buttons and ears. So, do a full-body check. Once you have checked yourself and everything else, you are free to go in.
Tick encounters can be terrifying and even life-threatening. That’s why we recommend scheduling a yearly pest control visit. To learn more about tick or other pest prevention, contact Pest Control Knoxville today.