As we enter the spring and summer months, we begin to spend more time outdoors. The warmer weather brings out more insects and pests, including ticks. Ticks are small, spider-like creatures that are most active during warmer months. They mainly live in grassy or wooded areas. It is essential to be aware of ticks and take steps to protect yourself.
To prevent tick bites, wear protective clothing and insect repellent. Wear long sleeves and long pants to keep ticks from coming into contact with your skin. Carefully apply an insect repellent with 20%–30% DEET before heading outdoors. If you go walking or hiking in the woods, stay in the center of the trails.
Perform full-body tick checks after being outdoors. If you find a tick on your body, remove it immediately by grasping the tick with tweezers as close as possible to the skin. Once the tick is removed, use rubbing alcohol to clean the area. If a rash or fever develops after exposure, seek medical attention. First Care can look at the bite site and complete testing if necessary if it falls within a specific time frame of the tick bite. It would help if you got the tick bite checked out as soon as possible!