Five Top Tips for Tick Season
With tick season upon us, The Scottish outdoor clothing brand, Keela has caught up with the experts at Lyme Disease Action to pull together the ultimate Top Tick Tips guide, perfect for anyone looking to venture outdoors this summer.
It’s that time of year again. The sun is starting to shine, the hedgerows are teeming with life and the ticks are out in force. Yes, it’s summer, which means it’s tick season once more and the last thing you want is for ticks to spoil your holidays. Here are Keela’s #TickTips for how to protect yourself when out and about.
Tick Tip 1 – Know what you are looking for
Don’t know what to look for when checking for ticks? You are not alone. Members of the spider family, ticks are small brownish creatures that are easy to miss. The charity Lyme Disease Action has created a quick reference guide, which you can read here
Ticks love to feed on blood, and sometimes when they attach to a human they can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, so it is important to be tick aware.
Tick Tip 2 – Dress to un-impress
As ticks are dark in colour, wear light-colour clothing so you can spot any more easily. Wearing longer sleeve tops and trousers, as well as tucking your trousers into your socks, will reduce direct exposure and make it more of a challenge for the tick to reach your skin. Use an insect repellent or clothes designed specifically to reduce bites. Keela has created a great range of outdoor clothing and accessories with added Insect Shield treatment.
Tip 3 – Review your route
Long grass, shady woodland and deep vegetation are favourite resting spots for ticks. As you explore you will naturally brush against grasses and flora, making it easy for ticks to attach to your clothes. Consider looking at your route and sticking to defined paths that avoid deep vegetation. Not only does this limit your chances of picking up a tick, but it is also good Countryside Code etiquette and protects the natural environment from erosion.
Tip 4 – Remove like a pro
Despite taking all precautions, if you are regularly out and about, the chances are you may end up finding a tick or two. Once you are back from your walk do a tick-check; brushing them off clothing before they get a chance to attach, and checking your skin for any that have made it through. Don’t forget to also take a look over your four-legged companion, too. If you notice one has latched on it is important to remove the tick as soon as possible to minimise the risk of infection. Invest in a tick remover for simple and effective removal.
Tip 5 – Keep exploring
It is estimated that one in ten ticks in the UK carry diseases and so, though it is important to know how to protect yourself while outdoors, ticks should not deter you from heading out on an adventure. Armed with the right knowledge and tools, ticks can become just another part of the natural surroundings.
- For more information about identifying ticks and tick removal visit the Lyme Disease Action
- When bitten by a tick some people develop Lyme disease. The NHS has great information for those affected
- If you would like to help spread awareness the UK government has a whole host of resources over on the website