My family is planning a camping trip in a few weeks. What can I do to protect us against ticks?
Enjoy the great outdoors, but don't forget about the threat of ticks. Ticks can carry several diseases, including Lyme disease.
Wearing light-colored clothing can help you see ticks more easily. Wear closed shoes or boots, long-sleeve shirts and pants, and tuck pant legs into socks or shoes for extra protection. Pull long hair back or wear a cap. When hiking, stay on trails and avoid bushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter.
Inspect your kids everywhere each day for ticks — especially in and behind ears, in the groin area, behind the knees and under the arms. Also remember to inspect pets, clothing, and camping gear, including backpacks and sleeping bags.
Use an insect repellant with 20% to 30% DEET. Always follow the directions for application carefully.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: April 2012
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC (the national public health institute of the United States) promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.|
|American Lyme Disease Foundation This organization is dedicated to advancing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of Lyme disease.|
|National Park Service This site contains information on America's national parks and the many ways you can enjoy the great outdoors.|
|Camping Basics Whether you'll be in the woods, on the desert, combing the beaches, or climbing mountain trails, check out our article about camping basics for a few important survival techniques.|
|Lyme Disease The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Find out more about this disease and how to keep those ticks away.|
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