Wear appropriate clothing when outdoors in tick areas including long sleeved shirts, long pants tucked into socks and a wide brimmed hat.
Ticks are more easily detected on light coloured clothing. Spray clothes and hats with an insect repellent and wear a repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin.
Clothing treated with permethrin is also recommended. Permethrin wash kits for treating clothes can be obtained from outdoor recreational stores and it is important to follow the label directions.
Permethrin-treated clothing is considered one of the effective means of preventing tick bite in tick infested areas.
All clothing should be removed on return from a known tick infested area and placed into a hot dryer for 20 minutes to kill any tick that could still be on the clothing.
In addition, the body should be searched for ticks especially behind the ears, on the back of the head, groin, armpits and back of knees.
Don’t forget to check children and pets. Many dogs are infested each year and can often die from tick paralysis.
Mow grass in the backyard and keep mulch and leaf litter away from the main entrance to the house.
Trim shrubs overhanging paths and play areas.