Typically, ticks live in wooded areas like parks, natural green spaces, hiking trails, and other areas where there is high grass, bushy areas, and leaf debris. The prime time for tick bites is from April to September, when ticks are most prevalent.
The number one thing you can do to prevent tick bites is to avoid direct contact with ticks. When you’re in the woods, park, tall grassy areas, bushy areas, or areas with lots of leaf debris, it helps to walk in the center of the trail. By walking in the center of the trail, you’re less likely to brush up against the grass, brush, and leaves on which the ticks are living. Remember, ticks are extremely small and unlike other insects – ticks are very hard to see in nature.
Of course, the solution to protecting yourself from tick bites
is not to avoid fresh air and nature – instead consider doing the following:
- Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on any exposed skin. Follow the instructions on the insect repellent bottle, making sure to avoid contact with your hands, eyes, and mouth. Choose a repellent that lasts for several hours.
- Wear clothing that is treated with permethrin – spray your boots, hats, socks, pants, tent, jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and other outdoor gear with a product that contains .5% permethrin. You can buy pre-treated clothing at outdoor shops.