It's summertime and the woods are calling! A walk in the forest with a camping trip with friends or family by the lake may seem like great getaways, but you need to be prepared before you go, because this time of year is not just a favorite for nature lovers.
Insects love the heat of the summer sun, and just like flowers and trees, spring rains make them bloom overnight. While walking in the woods, they are one of the most dangerous things you can be exposed to, yet most of us never see them coming.
Here are five ways you can stay ahead of the tick menace this outdoor season!
1) Location, location, location
Are you hiking in a forest with thick vegetation or going for a picnic near a stream? They are most commonly found in what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describe as “grassy, brushy, or wooded areas.” When hitting the trail, be sure to do some research ahead of time to see if other hikers have mentioned the presence of ticks or if there is any signage in the area about them.
That have been said, ticks can take up residence in the grass of your front lawn or backyard, and of course, they can live on your pets. These locations are much easier to defend than the great outdoors!
2) You're going out into the woods and scared about the danger of ticks. Don't be afraid. Be prepared. Start preparing before you will be much safer
Anything that's going with you, especially your clothes, but also picnic blankets, backpacks, shelters, and tents, can all be treated with permethrin, an insecticide that kills ticks along with other culprits in the summertime insect wars, like mosquitoes and chiggers. It can wear off eventually, so you need to reapply it after about 5-6 wash cycles.
If you are mentioned about the potential toxicity of synthetic chemicals to yourself, your pets, or the environment, never fear. Mother nature has all kinds of antidotes for the tick season. Essential oils such as citronella, cedar, geranium, and peppermint will keep you safe and give your clothes a fresh smell.
Whether you are natural or synthetic, wear repellent.
3) The clothes make the man (or the woman)
What you wear is crucial, as is how you wear it. When it's hot outside, you might be tempted to throw on some shorts, sandals, and a tank top.
Instead, wear long shirts, pants, socks, and close-toed shoes. You may not be the coolest fashion trend in your shirt pants and your jeans in your socks can help keep ticks from crawling into vulnerable hidden spots
4) Spot checks can save your life
While on the trail or the coming from the park or the yard, you can check on yourself, your loved ones, and your pets. Taking a hot shower is a great way to prevent ticks from settling in and infecting you. It is a great time to check all the nooks and crannies where ticks like to hide
5) Remove them properly
If you are a tick, don't just start grabbing or scratching at it. You might rip out the body while leaving the head behind, which can still make you sick. Take some tweezers and get as close as you can to the surface. Pull it up steadily with force. When you 've removed it, make sure you have your hands and the tweezers with alcohol.
The best way to get rid of the tick once you' ve removed it is to dry it in water. Don't worry about squishing it with your fingers!