Protect Yourself From Ticks

Author: Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC

Ticks and mosquitoes are summer publicity hounds. Like mosquitoes, ticks should not be ignored. Ticks cause more than a dozen illnesses including Lyme disease. Though cases of Lyme disease have been reported in colder months, most cases are reported during the summer months when young ticks are active and people are outside more. According to the CDC, nearly 95% of Lyme disease cases have been reported in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Central states.

As a mother of two, I’m not only adamant about protecting my own children, but all children. I know that it’s important to keep families safe from ticks.

Here are tips I have collected from the CDC:

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grasses and leaf litter.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and long socks when in wooded areas.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to spot and remove ticks.
  • Apply DEET, insect repellant or an insecticide called Permethrin (only to be sprayed on clothing).
  • Check clothing and skin after time in the woods. Use tick medicines or collars on cats and dogs. Check pets frequently for ticks.
  • Create a tick-safe zone if you live in an area with ticks by removing leaf litter and brush around your home and at the edges of your lawn.
  • Apply a pesticide to your yard in early spring and another during the heat of summer to reduce tick populations by 68 percent to 100 percent.

After spraying:

  • Stay inside during spraying
  • Shut windows, turn off fans and air conditioners during application
  • Bring pet supplies inside
  • Cover outdoor toys
  • Cover bird-baths and fish ponds
  • Wait for pesticides to dry before walking on