Protect Yourself

Repellents containing DEET are not sufficient to protect against tick bites. DEET only repels ticks to areas where they could bite and even that does not last long. PERMETHRIN kills ticks on contact. Clothing only repellents that contain Permethrin are very effective and provide long-lasting protection. The best protection you can achieve is to use a repellent that contains Permethrin on your clothes and one that contains DEET for your skin.

What you wear when working or playing could reduce your chances of being bitten by a tick. Remember: Ticks start LOW and crawl UP; ticks do not jump, fly or drop from trees, they are down on the ground and crawl up until they find a good spot to attach. Tucking pant legs into socks is a good way to keep ticks on the outside where they may be seen or get brushed off. Keep your shirt tucked into your waistband.

Tick Checks
The simplest way to protect yourself is to remove a tick before it has a chance to transmit disease-causing pathogens. Ticks can attach anywhere, they will find spots like: the back of your knee, around waistbands, under armpits or any other constricted place. Anytime after you have been in tick habitat you should thoroughly check your entire body and remove attached ticks immediately. Ticks DO NOT wash off in the shower.