How to Prevent Tick BitesJanay Rickwalder
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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
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
- Use preventative medicine on pets, as prescribed by your
- 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.