How To Prevent Tick Bites

Ticks in the grassOne key remedy to tick exposure is to avoid tick habitats. This would include wooded areas, brush, tall grasses, grassy fields, stone-faced walls and shaded areas where sanitation habits are poor (leaf litter and ground clutter).

If you are going to venture into known tick habitats, it is recommended to wear specific clothing to increase your level of protection. This includes:
  • Hat with visor
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants making sure pants are tucked into socks
  • Wear bright or light colors – ticks do not like light colored clothing
  • Proper personal use of insect repellents - paying close attention to label directions
Once your outdoor activity is finished, and prior to coming indoors, check your clothing (or have someone else check it for you), brush off your clothing and inspect your shoes and socks. Furthermore, check for ticks on a daily basis. You should especially check areas of the body ticks like including the hairline, underarms, groin and area behind knees.