Tick Bite Prevention: 4 Ways to Be Proactive in Fending Off Ticks This Summer by Kimberly Johnson
Ticks don’t jump or rain down from the treetops – though my child will argue otherwise! But it's important to know how to prevent, avoid and treat tick bites, especially in the summer months. Why? Because ticks can transmit a multitude of diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Here are four tried-and-true ways to fend off ticks that I've learned from experience:
- Play in the sun! Ticks thrive in dark, humid environments. If you have lingering leaf piles, clear them out to reduce the risk of exposure.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot even the smallest tick. And keep your ankles covered – they travel from the ground up.
- Keep tweezers or a tick-removal tool easily accessible in your car or on your keychain.
- Shower, or at least do a quick inspection, before bed each night. Don’t forget to check between toes, behind the knees and especially near your hairline.
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