First off, find a repellent that not only works in general but works for you. For those of us who prefer the all natural route, experts recommend rose geranium oil as the top essential oil for repelling ticks. Unlike other oils, this one can be applied directly to your skin in those areas where ticks love to hide. If you are looking for something stronger, that is where the chemicals come into play. Recent consumer reports show which products tend to be the most successful. Make sure to do your own research and follow the recommendations written by the manufacturers upon use.
Let’s face it though, no amount of bug spray is going to keep those ticks off 100%, so we must employ other strategies to protect ourselves. If you are going for a walk in the woods, it would be a great idea to wear light colored clothes. That way if you do pick up hitchhikers, they will be way easier to spot and then remove. Speaking of clothes, another great way to keep the pests off your skin is by wearing long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes. Yes, the weather is hot during the summer and most of us would rather be in shorts and T-shirts, but covering up on your woodland walks is just another way to stay safe. Also stay on the trails and especially towards the middle of the trails. It’s those edges you have to be cautious of when exploring the great outdoors.
No matter how many preventative measures we take, those little buggers tend to find their way onto our clothes and skin regardless. So periodically on hikes or picnics or even after some time playing in the backyard, do those tick checks! When you come in for the day, throw your clothes in the dryer and jump in the shower right away. Check the places they love to hide most like armpits, back of the knees and behind your ears. If you have pets, don't forget to check them too once they have come into the house after an outdoor jaunt.
The bottom line is do your research and take these easy steps to help keep you and your family safer for the summer! For more tips on how to avoid tick bites this summer, check out this informative article from LIVESCIENCE!