Tick exposure can occur year-round (Know when is the Tick Season in your State). Enjoying the outdoors, while being mindful of ticks, requires preparedness. As a matter of fact, in 2019, state and local health departments reported 50,865 cases of tickborne disease to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
How to prevent tick bites?
First things first: did you know that ticks don't bite? They sting!
Although we are used to hearing about tick bites, this term is incorrect. Bites are indeed wounds inflicted by the teeth of an animal or by the fangs of an insect. However, ticks don’t have fangs, but a mouthpiece called a "rostrum" which is used to pierce through the skin and suck blood.
And what a coincidence, the ticks' favorite activity is to find a host to feed on their blood. Contrary to popular belief, ticks can't fly or jump. They simply hold onto leaves and grass, waiting to climb on to a host.
Get the Tips, Stop the Ticks
- Wear covering clothes: high socks or pants tucked into socks
- Avoid tall grass as much as possible. When hiking, walk in the center of the trail.
- After you come indoor, check your body for ticks. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:
- Under the arms
- In and around the ears
- Inside belly button
- Back of the knees
- In and around the hair
- Between the legs
- Around the waist
PARA'KITO® insect repellent spray made from natural active ingredients is effective against ticks and offer protection for even the most sensitive skin.
Useful link: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html