Tick Bite Prevention
Protect yourself from tickborne disease. Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September)
Before You Go Outdoors:
- Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals.
- Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin- treated clothing and gear.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. Always follow product instructions.
Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old. Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
After You Come Indoors:
- Check your clothing for ticks.
- Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes require washing, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later.
- Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases.
- Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check. 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
Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html