When out of doors several precautions can minimize your chances of being bitten.

  • Tuck your pant legs into your socks and your shirt into your pants.
  • Wear light colored clothing. Dark ticks are more easily spotted against a light background.
  • Inspect clothes often for ticks. Have a companion inspect your back.
  • Apply repellents according to label instructions. Applying directly to clothing appears to be most effective.
  • Upon returning to the home remove clothing and wash or put it in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill any ticks.
  • When you get in from the field shower and inspect your body thoroughly. Especially check groin, navel, armpits, head and behind knees and ears. Have a companion check your back, or use a mirror.
  • Inspect children at least once daily for ticks. When in heavily infested areas inspect children every three to four hours.
  • When hiking stay in the middle of trails. Do not bushwhack.
  • Clear brush from around your premises and keep grassy areas mown.
  • Avoid plantings that especially attract deer and other animals.
  • Limit watering of lawns.
  • Judicious use of environmental insecticides to kill ticks may be necessary in some areas.


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