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Be Aware Of Ticks And How To Avoid Them

Ticks can be something that can ruin a camping trip or be outside, but there are ways to prevent yourself from having a bad day. Ticks are easy to pick up when visiting grassy areas, woods, prairies, wetlands, deer trails, and brushy areas. They are known to spread serious illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain fever.  


You should always check for ticks when you get back from being out in the woods. University of Illinois Extension Entomologist, Sarah Hughson says, if you find one, remove it with a pair of tweezers by grabbing it at the base and pulling it straight out. You shouldn’t pinch it with your fingers or burn the tick as that can make it worse.



You should also check your animals for ticks as well. 



Choose appropriate clothing from head to toe. Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt over a tight undershirt, and long pants. Wear boots and tuck your pant legs into them to close up any loose openings. Wear light-colored clothing, so you can spot ticks. Select an insect repellent that is effective against ticks. One that contains DEET or picaridin. You can also buy clothing that is pre-treated with insect repellent. Make sure when you get back you wash clothes with high heat. 

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