Protecting yourself from Ticks
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Lyme Disease is everywhere in the news these days and very much on the rise. Most people are unaware and have no clue how to protect themselves, friends, and family from this tick-borne illness, (along with it's co-infections) that is plaguing the United States.
Ticks can be found in your lawn, along hiking trails, in cities, on your pets and even in your home, if carried in. It is very important to wear bug spray when outside, no matter what you are doing, be it gardening or walking your dog. Bug sprays, like DEET or natural sprays, will protect you by repelling the ticks and other insects from your skin and clothing.
Another great tip to ensure you're tick free is to use a lint roller on your clothes and pets any time you come back inside. If the tick has not attached to skin, it will stick to the lint roller. After using a lint roller, throw your clothes in the dryer for 15 minutes on high heat to ensure you kill any potential ticks.
But what happens if you did get bit by the tick? Uh oh! Don’t panic. The first thing to remember is not to stress the tick out because it is more likely to regurgitate bacteria into your system. Use a pair of tweezers to pull the tick out at the head. Place the bug in a sealable bag and call your doctor. Your doctor can test the tick for Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease and will advise you what to do from there.
Don’t let this illness scare you away from being outside! Taking precautions like these will ensure the safety of you and your family.