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How Can I Protect My Family From Ticks?

My family is planning a camping trip in a few weeks. What can I do to protect us against ticks?
- Kirk

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