Self-help: Preventing Tick Bites

Ticks are tiny, spider-like parasites that are difficult to see, and their bites often go unnoticed. If you are walking or camping in tick-infested areas you should take the following precautions to minimize the risk of being bitten:

  • Wear light-coloured clothes, so that ticks can be seen more easily.

  • Keep your skin covered by wearing long sleeves and tucking trousers into socks.

  • Use a DEET-containing insect repellent on any exposed areas of the skin and on clothing.

  • Where there is vegetation, do not sit directly on the ground.

  • Whenever possible, keep to well-trodden trails and pathways, and avoid walking through overgrown vegetation.

  • While out walking, stop to make occasional checks for ticks, especially on children and dogs.

  • Before going to bed at night, carefully examine your own and your children’s skin and clothing for ticks.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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