Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Lyme Prevention Starts at Home. Be prepared!

·       Create a tick kit for your family for use at home and make another for travel. Necessary items include a fine-tipped tweezer, alcohol pads, magnifier, and antibiotic ointment. Or, purchase a readymade kit, the TickEase Tick-Kitthat also includes tick ID, health risk assessment and tick testing info.

·       Remember to wear light-colored long sleeves and pants when in long grass areas

·       Tuck your pant legs into socks, especially if walking or hiking in wooded areas

·       Wear a bug repellent with DEET on your skin and Permethrin on your clothing to keep ticks away

Tick Safety in Your Yard

·       Clear tall grass and brush at the edge of the lawn and create a 3-foot barrier between lawns and wooded areas with wood chips, mulch, or gravel 

·       Cut lawn frequently and keep leaves raked because ticks prefer moist leafy areas rather than sunny open spaces

·       Locate patios and playground equipment in a sunny location, away from wooded areas


Tick Safety for Your Dog

·       After walking in wooded areas brush your dog vigorously and do a thorough tick check

·       Have your dog wear a permethrin-treated bandana, i.e. the TickEase Bandana to help repel ticks and other insects. 

·       Quickly remove embedded ticks from pets to reduce the chance of infection. The TickEase tweezer makes tick removal quick and easy as holding down a squirmy pet can be tricky.

Thanks to Erik Karits @erik_karits for making this photo available freely on Unsplash 🎁

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