Anyone who enjoys deep woods camping and hiking should do their best to avoid the deer tick which carries Lyme disease. Here are some preventative tips:
- Be mindful of tick season - deer ticks are most active from April to September - take care when venturing into tick country.
- Use repellent - when in a tick area - use repellent - something that can be applied to your clothing as well.
- Wear appropriate clothing - tuck your pants cuffs into boots or socks and wear long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks.
- Be aware of your environment - stay to the centre of hiking paths - avoid grassy, marshy woodlands.
- Inspect yourself - Inspect yourself and your children for clinging ticks after leaving an infested area. Deer ticks are hard to see - nymphs are dot-sized; adults smaller than a sesame seed. Feeding ticks will grow in size, if you find one - don't panic - gently remove it from the skin with a pair of tweezers - infected ticks must feed for at least 48 hours before passing on the disease.
Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team