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Defend yourself against mosquitoes and ticks

Posted on: June 13, 2018

 Defend yourself against bites from mosquitoes and ticks. Ticks and mosquitoes are two types of bugs that can carry diseases. Ticks can spread Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and mosquitoes can spread LaCrosse Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, among others.
 
Protect against mosquitoes and ticks this summer – follow these steps:
 
Prevent mosquitoes
  • Use insect repellent that has DEET, Picardin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus in it.
  • Apply repellent whenever you go outside, since mosquitoes can bite day or night.
  • Protect babies by spraying repellent on your hand first, then apply to their skin – be careful to not get repellent in eyes or mouth.
  • Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Check out your yard once a week and get rid of standing water – turn over kiddie pools and buckets, properly maintain swimming pools and ornamental ponds, get rid of old tires, and clean out the birdbath.
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Prevent ticks
  • For humans
    • Stay out of areas with tall grass and lots of plants, where ticks like to hide
    • Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with ticks.
    • Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks, and tuck pants into sock tops or boots.
    • Use bug repellants - follow instructions carefully.
    • Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after spending time outside.
    • Bathe or shower after walking through tall grass or plants to wash off ticks and help you find them easier.
  • For dogs and cats
    • Check dogs and cats for ticks since they can get sick with a tick borne disease, and because pets can carry ticks into the house as a risk to people.
    • Ask your veterinarian about tick control treatments for pets.
    • Mow the yard and other places where pets and people play so ticks won’t like to hide there.