5 Tips to Keep Ticks off You this Summer
I’ve been bitten so many times this spring and summer that I am now allergic to them, and each bite swells and itches for a long time. I done a deep dive into researching ticks. Here is the information I’ve collected so far.
5 Methods that help to avoid tick bites.
- 1. Use permethrin on clothing and or other repellents, like Deet. Follow all label instructions.
- 2. Wear long, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Tuck your pants into socks and your shirt into pants so ticks can’t find your skin as easily.
- 3. Wear a hat or bandana. I have long hair; I put it up and wear a hat.
- 4. I’ve been seeing pictures on social media of putting wide sticky tape around your ankle and wrists so the nasty little blood suckers get stuck & die, similar to a sticky trap people use for bugs and rodents that get in your home.
- 5. Know where the ticks are and avoid them. They are in grasses, bushes, trees, dirt, animals, and wooded areas.
I asked a group of people for their best tick prevention tips, which I’ve been collecting.
- Use tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner. This gal lives in a heavily wooded area and swears she hasn’t had a tick for two years since using this. Also, rubbing organic coconut oil on her skin helps keep ticks off.
- Numerous people suggested different essential oils. See tip 3 below. Some people swear by them, others comment that they are useless by themselves.
- Recipe for tick repellent. Use tea tree oil, fractionated coconut oil, and neem oil, with some essential oils that ticks don’t like: Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, Lavender, Peppermint, and Rose geranium oil. Put it in a spray bottle and use it on yourself and your dogs. The homemade tick spray should only be used on cats twice a week.
- If you find that you are allergic to their saliva like me consult your doctor. I find that cortisone cream helps me feel less miserable.
Avoid Tick Infested Areas When Possible