Tips help win the fight against ticks

May 07, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

There are several ways to reduce your chances of getting a tick bite.

- Avoid such tick infested areas as woods and tall grasses.

- If you must enter such areas, stay in the center of paths, avoid sitting on the ground and conduct frequent tick checks.

- Tick checks include visual inspections of clothing and exposed skin, and full, nude body checks when privacy allows. Pay close attention to the scalp, behind the ears, and behind any joints.

- Wear light-colored clothing so you can more easily see ticks.

- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to reduce the skin area exposed to ticks. Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks.


- In hot weather, when such clothing is not practical, be more vigilant in checking for ticks.

- Use tick repellents approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Wash off these repellents when you go indoors. Adults should always apply repellents on children.

- Check pets for ticks. Pets can get Lyme disease and transport ticks into the human environment.


Also see:

-- Tick season brings Lyme disease threat

-- Remove ticks safely

-- Quick tick facts

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