Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September). Know which ticks are most common in your area.
How to Prevent Tick Bites
- Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals.
- Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lean Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone.
- DO NOT USE insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
- DO NOT USE products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter and walk in the center of trails
After You Come Indoors
- Check your clothing for ticks. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing. If you clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended as warm or cold water will not kill ticks.
- Examine gear and pets.
- Shower soon after being outdoors, which may help wash off unattached ticks and is a good opportunity to do a tick check
- Check your body for ticks after being outdoors.
For more information on ticks, visit the CDC website.