Prevent a bite - prevent disease!
INSECT REPELLENT -
- 20% Deet on clothes and exposed skin
- Products using Icaridin are family-friendly
- Repellents must indicate "repels ticks" on label
- Organic sprays should be used at your own discretion - not all have been proven to repel ticks
- Permethrin spray might be considered on clothing if you are in a high risk location or workplace
- Wear long pants (tucked into socks for added protection), long sleeve shirts and closed-toe shoes, if possible. This helps prevent ticks from skin contact.
- Wearing light coloured clothing makes it easier to spot ticks and remove them before a bite occurs.
- Minimize brush contact when possible. (Ticks perch on grass and brush waiting for passersby)
- Check body and hair thoroughly. Ticks like to hide out in sneaky places!
- When outdoors, check clothing often for ticks.
- Ticks on clothes? Throw in a hot dryer for 20 mins.
Seek medical attention immediately if bitten. Request preventative antibiotics (4 weeks). NEVER wait for symptoms! What you need to know about testing.
- If any type of rash, redness, and/or irriatation develops anywhere on the body, take a picture alongside a coin to show size. Keep in mind that less than 50% of infected people report a rash so it is hugely possible to be infected without any sign of rash. More about rashes.
- Just because you don’t have a rash doesn’t mean you’re not infected. Enjoy the outdoors, just take a healthy awareness with you!
- It is important to note that not all ticks are infected with Lyme disease but a growing number do - making prevention key!