Tick season is upon us. If you are outdoorsy people like we are, you need to familiarize yourself with some facts, Lyme disease prevention and tick removal kit products in order to stay safe in the great outdoors. I’m one of those people who prefers to be safe than sorry. So I’ve looked over several health and government websites and to my life easier (and yours by extension), here are some good to remember facts and tips about ticks and Lyme disease prevention.
Facts about Ticks and Lyme Disease (that you should know)
- Ticks are likely to be found in tall grasses and wooded areas.
- Ticks don’t always stay attached to the skin. After feeding on your blood they sometimes fall off leaving a red, round mark with a bite point in the middle.
- In addition to Lyme disease, ticks transmit many other types of diseases.
- The symptoms of a disease develop over several days or sometimes even weeks.
- Lyme disease is often primarily identified by a red circle or mark that gets lighter and lighter from the centre towards the edges.
- Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, nausea and vomiting. Those infected may also experience rash, join pain, swelling, or numbness, and even confusion.
Lyme Disease Prevention and Tick Removal Kit
Here are a few prevention tips that may come in handy when venturing out into the woods.
They include home made, natural prevention solution, such as natural tick repellent that uses essential oils and a tick removal kit that you can easily put together at home.
- Educate yourself. Look up the areas where ticks most often found in your neighbourhood.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves and wide brim hat in the wooded areas.
- In a wooded area’s stay on that path. Don’t venture into a tall grass.
- Pull your socks over your pants when walking through tall grasses.
- Spray yourself with Deet or homemade bug repellant like this one:
- Avoid dear. Deer are the main hosts for Lyme carrying text.
- Check your entire body after getting out of the wooded area.
- Shower right after spending time in the great outdoors.
- Put the clothes you wore outdoor in the dryer on high hear for 10-15 minutes to kill ticks (in case there are some that you may not be aware of).
- Buy or make your own Tick Removal Kit, like the one below and keep it with you when venturing into the woods.
If you’d like to learn more about Lyme disease and prevention be sure to stop by your health department or government websites such as CDC, CanLyme or Health Canada.
Do you have any other tips or ways to protect yourself and your family from ticks and Lyme disease? Leave me a comment! I’m always ready to learn more.