As summer has arrived, more and more people are starting to go outdoors and have fun. But this could be dangerous because of tick bites, as warm temperatures are the ideal environment for these disease-carrying insects.
Experts warn people that these tiny creatures are hidden in the bushes, so people need to be aware of them. Ticks can climb on tall grass where they usually wait for an animal to pass by. That animal might be a human who will become its host.
Based on a simple set of rules, people will stay away from ticks while enjoying the summer as well. Protective clothing is probably the best choice when you go outdoors, so you should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
Also, there must be no openings, and the pants should be tucked into socks to make sure that no tick will get under the clothing and bite your ankles. Ticks can be found not only in tall grass, but also in grassy lawns near swimming pools, urban parks, fields, meadows, prairies, and humid undergrowth.
They are usually present at the beginning of springtime and autumn but also during summer. However, ticks do not live at 1,500 meters altitude.
Towels and picnic rugs are not entirely safe against ticks, but they are still better compared to the situation when you just lay on the grass. That is why it is best for people to stick to the path and never to stray too far from it running through the grass unaware of the danger.
Another important aspect is an insect repellant. Scientists advise people to apply it not just to skin but also to clothing. Every product has a set of instructions on its label, so make sure you follow them before using the repellent.
After coming back from outside, people should thoroughly check their skin for any tick bites because they are usually not painful. The most important parts you need to check are crannies, nooks, the navel, the scalps, folds of skin, and armpits.
But if you find a tick bite on you skins, you must use a pair of tweezers or a good tick-removal tool, which can be bought from pharmacies. You need to grab the insect as closely to the skin as you can and pull it out in an anticlockwise direction.
This way, you will prevent any of the tick parts to remain attached to your skin. Most importantly, do not use alcohol, ether, or any products that can make the tick throw up because you will have a higher risk of getting infected with Lyme disease, as ticks carry the Borrelia bacteria which are responsible for causing the disease.
Observe the tick bites for a month and get them checked by a doctor, especially if you develop a bulls-eye rash around any of them.