Tips for preventing Tick Bites

If you think that removal of deer ticks is easy, we assure you it is not. If you think you can squeeze them, we inform you that crushing them will release the infected body fluid that may further contaminate the area where they have attached themselves. In the case of emergency, you should seek medical help. If you don’t want to end up in this kind of situation, prevention is key. Generally, removal of ticks can be very difficult. With their small size, they are very difficult to locate. And these parasites often attach themselves in hard to see places on their hosts hiding in hair or fur. For humans, they are more commonly found on the nape of the neck or along the lower scalp. Extreme care should be taken while removing these latched-on bugs. Efficient methods of removal include the use of tweezers and forceps. But it is better to prevent contact in with ticks in the first place. In this article, we are going to explain different way and tools used in preventing tick bites.

deetUse DEET

The first method for the prevention of ticks is by using DEET. It has proved to be very beneficial and effective at repulsing ticks when compared to other anti-tick agents. It not only repulses them but is also a very potent tick killer. This information was confirmed by Durland Fish who teaches disease transmission at the Yale School of Public Health. Many anti-agents, even those that contain picaridin, are just not nearly as effective in fighting off parasites. DEET works very well.

Use Permethrin

No matter how successful DEET might be in keeping ticks away, there is a large number of people who consider it a second line of defense. For them, Permethrin is their first choice remedy for the prevention of tick bites. When analyzed chemically, Permethrin has been shown to be chemically stronger than DEET and is believed to kill ticks almost instantly. Thus, it is advisable to wear tick-repellent dressing containing permethrin. It also be absorbed into clothing and this kind of dressing can still repulse ticks for up to 70 washes.

Spray Clothes with this effective insect repellent

Spraying your clothes with the homemade insect repellant below is also very effective. You can either spray it on your clothes, or directly onto your body. If you want to use it on your skin, just cut the amount of essential oils to half from the ingredients listed. The following are what you’d need for this spray.

  • Spray bottle
  • 25ml of water
  • 12 drops of rose geranium oil
  • Six drops of cedar wood oil
  • Four drops of lavender oil
  • Four drops of lemongrass oil

Cedar wood oil and geranium oil are the most potent ingredients. You can skip the others if they aren’t available.

Directions:

  1. Take a spray bottle and fill it around 25 ml of water. The amount of water varies with the size of the bottle. If you have a larger or smaller bottle, adjust the amounts of the other ingredients accordingly.
  2. Add the drops of oil one by one in the spray bottle and shake it well as the spray won’t be effective if it is not properly mixed. After vigorous mixing, keep it steady for some time and use it when necessary.
  3. After using, keep the remaining spray in a cool, dry place. Before spraying it on your clothes and shoes, shake the bottle well again.
  4. The strong cent of the oils will keep the ticks away.

Finding and removing ticks

Ticks may accumulate in your woolen clothes with the passage of time. Here’s how you can get rid of them.

  • After coming in from the outdoors, bathe or shower as soon as possible to wash off any ticks that might be crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick test and check for any infected areas on your body. Parents should check their children for ticks under arms, in their hair and in around their ears.
  • Thoroughly examine pets and gear. Ticks are capable of riding on clothing and pets, so carefully examine them.
  • Tumble drying clothes in a dryer for 10 minutes under high heat can kill ticks as well. If your clothes require washing first, always use the hot water. Cold or medium warm water is not recommended as lower temperatures will not likely kill any ticks. If your clothes cannot be washed in hot water, then tumble drying on low heat for a longer amount of time.

455645Other Preventive Measures

Cover yourself completely in areas where ticks are known to be common. Always wear an insect repellent on warm days. Always use products with permethrin coating. If your gear, such as tents, boots, pants and socks are treated, you’ll stay protected from ticks even after several washes. Always walk in the middle of wilderness trails and avoid heavily wooded and brushy areas.

Conclusion

They are plenty of products available in the market that can help you to avoid or get rid of ticks permanently. If you don’t want to use them, you can prepare your very own tick-repellent at home as discussed above. So if you want to prevent tick bites, start using these techniques now!

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