Protect yourself from tick bites
- Avoid tick-infested areas.
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be spotted more easily.
- Tuck pants legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.
- Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks can't crawl under clothing.
- Spray insect repellent containing DEET on clothes and exposed skin (spray on hands and rub on face) treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin which kills ticks on contact.
- Wear a hat and long-sleeved shirt for added protection.
- Walk in the center of trails to avoid long grass and overhanging brush.
- After being outdoors inspect body carefully and remove attached ticks with tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pulling straight back with a slow steady force. Avoid crushing the tick’s body.
What do you do if you get a tick bite?
CDC Tick Bite Bot Assessment
National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases