If you spend a lot of time outdoors either working, hiking or camping chances of getting a tick on you are greater. There are many ways to prevent ticks from getting on you while you are outdoors. Ticks are in grass, bushes and trees.
Ticks come in various sizes from the size of a pencil eraser down to the pinpoint tip of a pencil. The smaller they are the harder they are to find on a person. Here are helpful tips in making ticks less of a nuisance.
What to do to avoid ticks:
- Wear light colored clothing and a hat, so if a tick gets on you it is easier to see.
- Avoid brushing against bushes or walking in high grasses, this is one of the most common ways to pick up a tick.
- Ticks will walk around searching for a place to latch on to you, so you should have time to check every couple of hours for loose ticks.
- Ticks are active any time of the year, even on a warm wintery day, but staying on a well maintained path will decrease your chance of getting a tick on you. Stay on the center of the path.
- If you are in a heavily infested tick area it is wise to tuck your pants into white socks and check them often.
- Ticks do not sting, jump or immediately bite your skin; they slowly connect to a person or animal. Grab a loose tick and flick it off of you or your hiking buddy.
- After you get home from a hike, check your body and clothes carefully for ticks. Deer ticks are the size of a pinhead and dog ticks can be the size of a sesame seed.
- Wash your clothes after a hike or put your clothes in a dryer on a high setting for twenty minutes.
How to remove a tick:
The best way to remove a tick once it has attacked to an area of skin is to use a pair of tweezers and grasp the tick’s head close to the skin and apply firm pressure to pull it off. Don’t squeeze the ticks stomach and do not use vegetable oil, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or heat to remove the tick.
Once the tick is removed make sure the head is out of the skin and nothing remains. Clean the area and watch it for the next few days to see if a red ring like a bullseye or a rash develops around the area of the tick bite. If so, call your doctor to be treated with antibiotics that help in treating tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever..
A tick bite does not make you sick unless the tick is carrying a tick-borne disease and even those carrying disease may not transfer the virus if detached soon enough. It can take up to 3 days for the disease to be transferred to a person’s bloodstream.
Some ticks, mainly the Lone Star Tick, are making people immediately allergic to red meat. The symptoms can cause gastrointestinal problems or immediate allergic reaction and shock. Read more in the attached video for more information on the Lone Star Tick.