Avoid Ticks When Camping

Proper Clothing

Wearing proper clothing will go a long way in helping to keep ticks from ruining a fun camping trip. When the weather gets warm it’s typical to wear minimal clothing outdoors. It’s worth considering a lightweight shirt with long sleeves and long pants even in the warm weather, especially if you'll be enjoying those summer months doing some camping. These articles of clothing will make it easier to find and remove ticks as they crawl along your clothing, before they have a chance to attach themselves onto your skin.

It’s also advisable to cover up with a hat to help make your head and hair less of a target for ticks seeking shelter and a snack. Wearing socks that you can tuck pant legs into makes it more difficult for ticks to climb up your bare legs.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

When participating in outdoor activities you’ll certainly be more vulnerable to ticks as they thrive in trees, underbrush and tall grass, all of which you’ll be around during a camping trip. The best way to avoid them is to be aware of what attracts them and what deters them, as well as what areas they are more likely to hide out in. Avoid heavily wooded areas, and paths with high grass and leaf litter. Try to walk in the center of trails rather than along edges. Overgrown areas, in general, are more likely to be havens for ticks.

Use Insect Repellents

Repellents are a highly effective method to repel ticks. A spray containing 0.5% permethrin is the simplest recommended solution to use as an insect repellent. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear. Alternatively, you can buy clothing and gear pretreated with a permethrin solution. If you're an outdoorsy person who frequents wooded areas, this might be an option to consider. There are also kid and pet-safe repellents available. Always check the labels for recommended use. Reapply spray liberally if you’ve been sweating or have been in the rain.

Always check over your body for ticks after you’ve been outdoors, especially during the warmer months when ticks are more active. It's vital to remove ticks the proper way as soon as possible if you find one embedded in your skin. The longer they stay attached, the more risk you face from disease and irritation at the site. These little blood-suckers can leave a painful, unsightly red bump after they bite, and can spread serious diseases. Following these basic guidelines discussed here will help limit exposure and minimize risk when enjoying camping adventures during any time of year.

In addition to these suggestions, there are some additional recommendations from the CDC to consider. You can never be too careful when it comes to preventing bites from these dangerous insects. No matter how zealous you are, ticks are very determined to survive and they live to eat. They typically will stay attached until they either die or are removed.

Ticks can be found anywhere outdoors, not just campgrounds. It’s important to be alert to the risks, and know the ways to avoid these pests whether camping or spending time in your backyard. Contact Eagle Pest Services to address all of your pest concerns.