Ticks: prevention is the key
We’ve been hearing about Lyme disease for several years now. It is transmitted by the bite of ticks infected with the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Here are a few tips to protect yourself and your family so everybody can have a great time outdoors.
1. Minimize risks in the yard
Ticks like humidity as well as places where the vegetation is thick. They often hide in tall grasses and bushes. So you need to make sure to maintain your yard to avoid giving them the environment they’re after. Set up play sets and playgrounds away from trees, in a sunny spot, and spread wood chips on the ground. Store fire wood carefully in a dry, sheltered place. Treat your entire yard with a liquid insecticide. Also, using an insect growth regulator will help minimize breeding and reduce the risk of an infestation.
2. Stay on the paths when taking a walk
If you enjoy taking a walk in the woods, always stay on well-maintained paths. As mentioned before, ticks like to keep in tall grasses.
3. Wear appropriate clothes
Choose light-coloured clothes, as they make it easier to spot a tick. Tuck your sweater in your pants, and your pants in your socks or boots. Wear long sleeves and closed shoes.
4. Use a mosquito repellent
To be effective, your mosquito repellent must contain DEET or icaridin. It is important to read the label carefully before buying, as not all insect repellents protect against ticks.
Always follow the instructions and recommendations on the product's label.
5. Do a thorough inspection after an outdoor activity
After an outdoor activity, it is important to inspect all of your gear, such as your coat and backpack, to avoid taking a tick indoors with you. As soon as you get back home, take a shower, inspect your person carefully and wash your clothes. Dry your clothes on high heat for at least 10 minutes, and do not forget to inspect your cat or dog as well.