Everyone is itching to get back to nature. People want to take a walk in the woods and see those lush trees and bushes. It makes sense, especially now that the scientific community found that nature can relax the mind and improve cognitive functions.
While you are out, you have to exercise some caution because nature has many hidden dangers, and ticks are one of those dangers. The following guide should help you be as safe as possible as you explore the outdoors.
Knowing Where They Live
Some folks don’t worry about ticks too much, but this is a mistake.
The reality is tick populations are growing, and there are some newer species that seem to adapt to different environments. These realities should make you a little more cautious when you go out.
No one is saying you should fear going outside, but you should definitely be cautious. The following are some issues you can experience if you are exposed to ticks:
- If you are allergic, you can experience swelling.
- Blisters could also appear.
- Severe allergies could produce shortness of breath.
- You could get Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.
Folks who are allergic could experience rashes.
What you want to do is make sure you avoid areas where you know ticks live. Ticks love to hide in tall grasses and the underbrush. You might also find ticks in shrubs and leaf piles. When you go outside, try to find a path where you won’t have to pass through these tick-friendly habitats.
Be As Colorful As You Can Be
Another simple and effective way to avoid ticks is to wear colorful clothing when you go out into nature.
Everyone loves black and other darker colors like navy blue or dark brown. These are very flattering colors, but you want to stay away from those when you are going out.
The reason you are doing this is that ticks resemble these colors. You will probably miss them crawling up your shoes or pants if you are wearing colors that’ll help them hide.
If you normally don’t wear colors, it might take you some time to figure out which colors look good on you, and that’s okay. Take this opportunity to explore different style choices. You can talk to a personal stylist to help you dress in a way that feels right to you but is colorful enough to avoid ticks.
Tucked in Pants are Your Friend
This is going to be another dig at your style. You want to wear pants when you go out into nature, and you want pants you can tuck into boots. This is not the time to wear pants that drag on the floor.
As you walk in your favorite nature reserve or park, look down your pants every so often to make sure no ticks are trying to make their way on to your skin. This is a good practice since there are many bugs in nature, so you’ll be protecting yourself from all sorts of bugs.
Value the Importance of Repellents
You should use a tick repellent when you go back to nature. You’d be surprised how often this repellent is overlooked. Everyone gets a mosquito repellent and wears UV protection, but for some reason, they forget about ticks.
All of these protective shields are there to help you stay safe when you are out enjoying nature.
There are many tick repellents, so you have a lot of choices, but you want to make sure the product is EPA-approved. Choose the one that works for your budget.
You must follow the instructions on the container to ensure you get the maximum amount of protection.
Adapt a Smart Tick Routine at Home
You want to adopt a smart routine to help you avoid ticks at home. This is a routine you should get used to.
The following are steps you’ll want to take as soon as you get home:
1. Be sure you remove all of your clothes. You can certainly inspect your clothes, or you can simply throw all of your clothes into the dryer on high heat. Allow your clothes to dry for a full cycle.
2. You need to inspect yourself, partner, kids, and pets as soon as you get home. Focus on areas where ticks like to attach themselves, like the groin area, armpits, in between toes, the scalp, in the ears, behind the ears, and other folds of the body.
3. If you do find a tick, make sure you remove it carefully. To do this, you’ll need tweezers and a gentle technique. You don’t want to break or crush the tick. What you want to do is pull the tick away carefully so that you can pull the body and the head. Keep the tick in a sealed container just in case symptoms develop.
These are some things that should keep you away from ticks as you return to nature. You could also talk to your doctor about additional suggestions you can use.