Spending time in the natural world is important for people of all ages. Getting plenty of sunshine, breathing in some fresh air, and taking in the sights and sounds of nature are all incredibly healing and help to undo the stresses of everyday life. But, there are threats that you need to face when you are trekking through the great outdoors, and those threats include ticks. So, check out the information below for a few tips on how you can protect yourself from these dangerous pests.
Research the Tick Threat in Your Area
First off, check local news sources online to find out just how big a threat ticks are in your area. So, for example, if you live in Utah, you would do some research on the number of ticks in Utah, as well as the areas in the state where they are mostly found. By having this information, you will be able to make wiser decisions about where you spend the majority of your time in the Great Outdoors. You could also avoid tick-infested areas that are known for being particularly dangerous, and you could even take better precautions if you know that you are entering tick territory.
Wear the Right Clothing
Before heading out, be sure to choose the right clothes to wear in order to better protect yourself from ticks. You could, for example, invest in what is known as insect-repellent clothing. This is made of fabrics that have been treated with a process that binds a repellent known as permethrin to the fibers of the clothes. It could be an effective barrier against ticks and other pests like flies and mosquitoes, and the protection should last through upwards of 70 washes. But if that does not appeal to you, you also have the option of purchasing a can of permethrin and applying it to the clothes yourself (just be aware that the protection won’t last nearly as long and will probably wash out after about six washes).
In addition to permethrin on your clothing, you could also use other repellents on your skin before heading outside if you know that ticks will be in the area. A repellent that has at least 20% DEET is one option, as is IR3535 and picaridin. These should last a few hours when applied to your skin, but be sure to follow the product’s instructions closely for the best results.
Check Yourself Often
Be sure to check your body often for any sign that a tick has climbed aboard while you’re outside. Using a mirror and getting help from a friend will help you check every part of your body, including your back. Be sure to check around and in your ears, inside your belly button, between your legs, around your waist, and under your arms. Also, check the backs of your knees and any areas where there is body hair that a tick could be hiding in.
Hopefully, these tips will help you stay safe against ticks this season when you head out to enjoy the Great Outdoors.