As warm weather approaches and people spend time outside, the threat of ticks becomes much more prevalent. Many people think of ticks in association with Lyme disease, but here are some other interesting facts about ticks that may help you to protect your family from these blood-sucking bugs.
The good news is that most tick bites can be prevented through awareness and simple action. Some common sense practices will help you to avoid tick bites. Wear long pants and long sleeves. Tuck your pants into your socks or boots. Avoid brushing up against foliage where ticks might be hiding. Or wear tick protective clothing treated with permethrin to prevent ticks from grabbing on to you. .
In addition to these protective measures, perform a tick check every two or three hours. Focus particularly on your belly, armpits, scalp, ears, backs of knees, and between legs. Look carefully because some of these ticks can be extremely small—like a freckle. For pets, a tick may simply look like a dark spot on the skin so be sure to comb through fur carefully.