How to Prevent Tick Bites

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tick season is approaching and is expected to be another heavy one in certain states including Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.  As people head outdoors to enjoy the weather, they can inadvertently increase their risk of contracting a tick-borne disease. As a result, it is important for everyone to be aware of ticks and how to prevent being bitten. 

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offer the following tick tips:

  • Use tick repellent when outdoors and wear long sleeved shirts and pants, preferably light in color, so ticks are easier to detect.
  • Use preventative medicine on pets, as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Once indoors, inspect clothing and your entire body. Check family members and pets that have been outdoors.
  • Keep grass cut low, including around fences, sheds, trees, shrubs and swing sets. Remove weeds, woodpiles and other debris from the yard. 

If a tick is found on the body, remove it with a slow, steady pull, then wash hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water. Ticks should be flushed down a toilet or wrapped in tissue before disposing in a closed receptacle.