insect repellent safely. Use insect repellents according to
the directions on the label, particularly when applying repellent to
Use a lower-concentration repellent on
Do not put repellent on small children's hands, since
they often put their hands in their mouths.
Wash the insect
repellent off with soap and water after returning indoors.
Cover as much of your skin as possible when working
or playing in grassy or wooded areas. Wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and
long pants with the legs tucked into your socks. Keep in mind that it is easier
to spot ticks on light-colored clothes. If you think you may have a tick on
your clothing, put your clothing in a clothes dryer for 10 to 15 minutes to
kill the tick.
Wear gloves when you handle animals or work in the
Take steps to control ticks on your property if you live in
an area where Lyme disease is prevalent. Clearing leaves, brush, tall grasses,
woodpiles, and stone fences from around your house and the edges of your yard
or garden may help reduce the tick population and the rodent population that
the ticks depend on. Remove plants that attract deer, and use barriers to keep
deer—and the deer ticks they may carry—out of your yard. Treating yards with
chemicals that kill ticks (ascaricides) is sometimes effective but exposes you
and your pets to chemicals that may not be safe. You may choose to treat your
lawn for ticks with nonchemical or environmentally safe methods instead. Call
your local landscaping nursery or county extension office for more
Stay away from tick-infested areas.
For information on how to specifically prevent Lyme disease,
see the topic