Ticks are one of the most annoying parasites that depend on mammal’s blood to survive. They feed on dogs, cats, cattle and even humans. They embed themselves on the body using their sharp snouts to cut an incision into the skin where they then insert their head to suck on the host’s blood. They are tiny creatures, blood-sucking parasites. The have an insatiable liking for mammal’s blood and can be found in domesticated and wild animals as well as humans.
Ticks are carriers of the Lyme disease, which is a serious bacterial infection that poses a huge health problem. The disease is characterized by symptoms such as fever, fatigue, headaches, and depression. If not treated, the symptoms can affect joints, the heart, and nervous system. An early detection use of the right antibiotics can treat the problem. However, prevention is always the best remedy; therefore, here are some practical ways of preventing tick bites.
Wear Light Colored Clothes
Wear light colored garments that offer ample cover for your legs and arm when around places or animals that have ticks. The color of the clothes will make it easy to spot ticks as they attempt to attach themselves to you. If possible, wear tight clothes since this makes it hard for the ticks to cling to them.
Use Insect Repellents
Apply insect repellents on your garments and skin as they will discourage the ticks from clinging on you attire or skin. You can use repellent oils such as Eucalyptus and Neem that are natural insect repellents. Most insects, including ticks, detest the scent of these oils.
Check For Ticks While Outside
You never know where tick may be habituating when you are out exploring the great outdoors. So, always check your clothes and body for tick as you hit the nature trails. You will note and remove them before they can cling to your clothes or bite you.
The tips above may sound simple, but they are practical ways that can help keep ticks from biting you.