If you live in a tick-prone region, how do you prevent bites?
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How are bites from ticks prevented?
Acaricides are chemicals that will kill ticks and mites. Acaricides have been used in high-use, confined areas where ticks might be prevalent, such as yards or deer blinds. Reductions
of tick habitats (for example, removal of leaf, litter, tall grasses, and brush)
have been effective in small-scale trials. Newer methods of control include
applying acaricides to animal hosts by using baited tubes, boxes, and feeding
stations in areas where infected ticks are endemic (for example, some areas with
dense deer populations). Biological control with fungi, parasitic nematodes, and
parasitic wasps may also help reduce the tick population. Avoid tick season
completely by staying away from outdoor areas where ticks thrive, usually during
the months of April through September in the U.S. In addition, application of acaricides (chemicals that kill ticks and mites) can be applied to large areas of land to reduce the tick and mite population. Removing litter and brush from areas where people live and work may reduce exposure to ticks.
The third web citation below has the CDC recommended methods (tips) for outdoor workers
(and others) to avoid getting tick bites and is summarized here:
Avoid grassy areas and shrubs where ticks populations may be high and where
they reside, waiting to grab a ride on a potential host.
Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily seen, and brush them
Tuck pants into boots or socks to avoid ticks crawling up loose pant legs.
Apply insect repellant and use the brands designed to repel ticks. Follow
label instructions. Avoid use of DEET-containing repellents on children.
Carefully follow instructions and apply some repellents directly to skin and
others to clothing. DEET-containing repellents with concentrations of 15% or
less may be suitable for children. These should be carefully applied strictly
following label directions. Repellents containing permethrins may be applied to
clothing but not to skin. In areas that have a high tick population,
DEET-containing repellents may need to be reapplied more frequently than for
repelling mosquitoes. Follow the package label instructions carefully.
Promptly check yourself, others, and pets if exposed to areas where ticks
are likely to be located.
Be sure to treat pets with flea and tick repellents. If ticks are removed
from pets, manage them the same way you would remove a tick on a person. Protect
yourself from the potential exposures with gloves. People who live in a
tick-infested area and have experienced a fever within the last two months
should not donate blood. Taking antibiotics for the prevention of Lyme disease
is controversial and probably only useful in areas of the country where exposure
to deer ticks would be high.