preventing tick bites

Preventing Tick Bites
How to protect yourself from tick bites - naturally

Ticks don't fly or jump, but these blood-sucking little monsters
sure know how latch onto a victim and ruin an outing. Did you
know that victims usually don't notice the tick bite because the
sneaky little buggers have a kind of saliva that works like a local
anesthetic? It's only after the tick has had most of it's fill that
the victim notices the burning sensation combined with itching
and redness at the bite site.

The tiny savage laps up a victim's blood for as many as two or
three days, latching its wicked barbed mouth into the skin to
secure the feeding. It's only after the tick's totally engorged and
satisfied with its blood meal that it lays its eggs and then falls
off to die. The cruel cycle then begins anew for the next
generation of vectors!

Ticks can cause a variety of diseases:
  • Colorado Tick Fever
  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Meningogoccal Disease (including meningitis)
  • Rabies
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

How to prevent ticks
Preventing tick bites naturally is possible and here's how:

#1: Ban the ticks naturally with tick ban.
Prevention is key and the first step is to ban ticks with natural
scents that repel them. Made with pure, organic and natural
essential oils, Tick Ban repellent ingredients are all natural and
include water, denatured ethanol (emulsifier), organic soybean
oil, essential oils of rosemary, peppermint, Texas cedarwood,
lemongrass, Himalayan cedarwood, lavandin/lavender, rose
geranium, and sweet marjoram. You can feel good knowing that
they are certified organic ingredients.

Be sure to spray on your skin, as it will usually last 3-4 hours and
longer on your clothing (results of 8-10 hours on cotton socks are
also possible).

#2: Wrap a gaiters around your ankles and wear
white socks.
The most important thing you can do is to wear gaiters to help
prevent the lyme-disease bearing little pests. Wearing white
socks and light colored clothing will make the ticks easier to see
and to then retrieve, should ticks find their way past the gaiters.

The Lymeez Tick Gaiters below offer a 12" high wrap. The air
mesh confounds ticks. Microencapsulated permethrin on each
fiber. More thorough, long-lasting and cost effective than sprays.
Best of all, the gaiters also repel mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers and
other mites.

Deer ticks, which carry Lyme Disease, don't jump or fly. Instead they crawl
their way to their next blood meal. Wearing gaiters can help make their job
more difficult! Wearing closed toe boots is another good step towards
prevention of tick bites.

#3: Wear Closed-Toe Boots.
While Teva or Keen sandals are popular outdoor gear, they are
not ideal for preventing tick bites. Boots offer more surface
protection than sneakers and we recommend boots for bugging
out for many reasons.

#4 Clothe yourself in long pants and long-sleeved
Wearing clothing as an insect shield is good preventative
measure. Long pants are especially important to wear during tick

Did you think because it's Fall that tick season is over?
Think again when it comes to Deer Ticks. According to the
University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center, Dear
Ticks actually begin feeding activity in Autumn. This is when the
first frost appears in early October and the activity continues if
there is frost on the ground and not yet covered by snow.

The excellent resource center on ticks say that about 50% of
those large Blacklegged Ticks you find November through
February will be infected with Lyme bacteria. That should tick you
off enough to read more about ticks.

#5: Wear a hat.
It may surprise you to know that ticks will drop from shrubs onto
your head. That's why wearing a hat will provide a measure of
protection from a tick all too easily nestling in your scalp.

#6: Get rid of your dog (or cat).
We were only kidding about this idea (no need to get rid of your
pet). It is important, however, to inspect your dog after an outing
and during tick season to inspect your cat. As well, you can use
lavender body wash for your pet to help repell bugs naturally.

#7: Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
Equally effective at repelling mosquitoes as it is at getting rid of
ticks, lemon eucaluptus oil is an effective insect repellent safe for
humans and pets. It's also effective at getting rid of toenail
fungus and joint pain and is safe to use as a chest rub. You can
also try Repel lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (Spectrum
Brands, Inc.)

  • How to use lemon eucalyptus essential oil to repel ticks.
    Dilute lemon eucalyptus oil with water and:
  • Spray on your clothing, particularly shoes, pant legs, and
  • Add a few drops of the mixture on the pet’s collar. This will
    repel ticks on  your pet if you can use the collar. You don't
    want your pet licking the substance.

#8: Pennyroyal.
Pennyroyal Essential oil will fend of ticks along with chiggers,
fleas, files, gnats and mosquitoes.

Other essential oils that will repel ticks:

#8: Mouthwash: Listerine (remove tick).
Who knew you could kill germs that cause bad breath, along with
the annoying tick you found wedged in your skin? It's true. With
an antiseptic mouthwash, you can suffocate a tick enough, so it
will draw its head out of the skin! This idea shouldn't be used if
you have other means as Dr. Neal Schultz in the video below
explains that suffocating a tick increases the chances of infection
as it making the tick regurgitate it's Lyme-disease infected
contents into your skin. Yet it is a viable method if you have no
other options.

  • How to use mouthwash to get rid of ticks: Dab a cotton
    ball with mouthwash and apply directly where the tick has
    penetrated the skin to suffocate it. This procedure draws out
    the tick, and according to Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., dropping a
    tick into mouthwash should kill a tick.

Finally, be sure to preserve the tick in mouthwash or a plastic
baggie, so you can have it analyzed. Medical professionals can
check for Lyme disease.

Deer ticks may cause Lyme Disease, characterized by:
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart disease
  • Joint paint
  • Neurological problems

How to remove a tick
Dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz says you shouldn't suffocate a
tick or try to burn it out as the tick then salivates even more and
releases more of its disease. Dr. Schultz recommends to have
your doctor or the emergency room get out a tick.

Here's how your doctor's office will likely remove the tick (by its

Above, University of Manitoba tick expert Kateryn Rochon explains the
proper way to remove a tick.

Premetherin is the typical go-to for protection of your gear and
clothing (it bonds to fabric fibers and will last for at least six
washings). It works on chiggers, mites, aand other pests too.
While an effective toxin for a variety of insects, it is extremely
toxic to humans as well. Now you know a few more natural ways
to flick the ticks and you can avoid the premetherin, otherwise
know as Deet. It's a neurotoxin that can cause eye irritation, skin
reactions and even seizures.

Still ticked off by Ticks? Take the bite out of tick bites with the
menthol stench of Vicks Vaporub and the suffocating effects of
the petroleum. Dab some over the afflicted area and you'll be
able to easily slide off the tick with a credit card.

Happy endings...
Ticks are freaky little free loaders that you can avoid. Look to
natural solutions and skip the Premetherin if you can.

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