10 Hiking Tips to Avoid Ticks
Ticks represent a serious outdoor pest problem in the Northeast. Each year, they transmit diseases to thousands of Connecticut residents. People often find it difficult to remove the bloodthirsty parasites after they bite. If you enjoy hiking, be sure to follow these tips:
- Try to hike in places with well-maintained trails and some exposure to sunlight. Ticks prefer to inhabit shady areas with tall grass. However, this doesn't mean that they never venture into clearings or freshly cut lawns.
- Walk near the middle of the path. Don't let your clothes or belongings touch bushes, tall grass or leaves. Remember that ticks favor moist areas; exercise caution around dense forests and swamps.
- Try to keep any children or pets on the path and away from wooded areas. If you hike with a dog, use a relatively short leash. This will also decrease the risk of violent encounters with wild animals or fellow hikers.
- Keep taking precautions during the non-summer months. Although ticks bite and infect more people in July, this can happen in any season. Unfortunately, these small arachnids usually survive the winter.
- Cover as much skin as possible. Tuck in your clothes, and wear pants rather than shorts. Don't choose black, dark green or purple clothing if you can avoid it. Light colors make it easier to spot bugs.
- Spray repellents on your skin and clothes. Permethrin products work best on fabrics. If you plan to camp overnight, you may also apply them to your tent. Picaridin and DEET repellents will deter pests from crawling across your skin.
- After you return home, thoroughly examine your body, clothing and backpack. If you find any ticks, remove them with a set of tweezers. It's best to take a shower as well.
- If you walk a dog, carefully check its body for ticks. These vampire-like arachnids have the potential to transmit Lyme and other diseases to canines. A pet could also carry infected ticks into the home and put your health at risk.
- To ensure that no ticks remain on your clothes, wash the outfit in hot water and put it in a dryer. High heat will dry clothing and kill any parasites within an hour.
- Don't panic if a deer tick bites you. You can eliminate the risk of Lyme disease by removing it from your skin after less than 24 hours. Use a mirror to fully inspect your body and find any additional bugs.
Tim's Pest Control offers organic pesticide treatments that can banish ticks from your Connecticut home and yard. You could spend more time outdoors without worrying about diseases or itchy bites. Please contact us to learn more about this safe, effective service.