Posted on June 29, 2018 at 10:32 AM by Kara Fleming
Summer is a time for barbecues, swimming pools, and blue skies…but there is a downside, too – ticks!
Ticks can carry diseases, such as Lyme disease. Precautions should be taken to prevent bites to yourself and your pets while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few tips you might try:
Enjoy the warm weather and stay safe!
- Stay on marked trails while hiking and avoid tall grasses and wooded areas. That is their natural habitat and where they will most likely be waiting for a snack to walk by.
- Tuck your pants into your sock and wear long sleeves. Clothing can be a protective barrier against tick bites.
- Discuss using products such as Deet for yourself and Primetherin for your clothes to deter ticks. Be sure to weigh the risks/benefits of these products and use as directed. Also, don’t forget to ask your veterinarian about flea and tick prevention for pets, too.
- Check yourself and your pets for ticks after being outside. Properly remove any ticks found embedded. The sooner ticks are removed, it greatly reduces the risk of infection.