Here’s how to avoid ticks this summer

Ticks are, in my opinion, some of the worst critters in existence. They really don’t serve much of a purpose other than being a carrier of Lymes disease (depending on the type of tick), and considering they very much have the ability to totally and completely turn someone’s life upside down assuming they are carrying Lymes, I think my opinion of these little shits is somewhat valid.

Here in Ontario, tick populations are getting out of control. They’re appearing where they shouldn’t, for example, in short grass, and I’ve found a few on me already this year.

I thought I would see what I could find via Google regarding ways in which to avoid coming into contact with ticks, and the following helpful information comes from webmd.com.

  1. Mind the grass. Ticks are often found in the underbrush of tall grass, where they latch onto a host and crawl up the body. Keep lawns trimmed at home, and walk in the center of any trails. Clear leaf litter regularly, especially around the edge of your yard and around your home.
  2. “Build a barrier. Placing a barrier between lawns and wooded areas can help keep ticks from moving into residential areas. If your house is near a wooded area, place a 3-foot wide barrier made of wood chips or gravel at the edge of your lawn.
  3. “Use a pesticide. Spraying for ticks can help minimize exposure to these pests. Always research before using a pesticide to ensure that you are using the best type of pesticide and spraying at the right time of year.
  4. “Repellents are key. There are many repellents available to keep ticks away. When choosing a spray repellent, select one with at least a 20% concentration of DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. There are natural alternatives available, including ones made from garlic oil, mixed essential oils, and fungus. Treat all clothing with permethrin, a chemical that paralyzes and kills ticks. A University of Rhode Island study found that people wearing permethrin-treated socks and shoes were 74 times more protected from ticks latching onto their shoes and legs.
  5. “Check it out. If you have been in a grassy or wooded area, do a body check in the shower. Bathing within 2 hours of being outside can wash off any unattached ticks and has been shown to reduce the risk of Lyme disease. Be sure to check in these places:
  • Hairline
  • Inside and behind ears
  • Back of neck
  • Armpits
  • Inside belly button
  • Around waistline
  • Groin
  • Legs
  • Behind knees
  • Between toes

“Additionally, remember to check all pets for ticks regularly. Ticks can come into a home on a pet and attach to a family member later,” the web page explains.

Here’s hoping this information can help someone to avoid getting bit by a tick.

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