- Check yourself and your clothes each time you go outside
- Ticks may crawl on. your body for two hours before biting, so look all over
- Ticks will often find a ‘safe’ place to hide – in your hair, behind your ears. Feel with your hands and look if possible. Ask a family member or friend.
- Wear appropriate clothing such as:
- a long sleeved shirt
- long pants tucked into socks
- light colored clothing to make it easier to see ticks on clothes before they attach to the skin
- you have trouble killing or with tick removal;
- you have accidentally scratched off an attached tick;
- you develop a rash or fever or any other symptoms following a tick bite;
- you are concerned about tick-borne illnesses; or
- you suspect you have developed a tick allergy. Your doctor can refer you to an immunologist or allergy specialist for testing and treatment.
How does freezing ticks work?
If you find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic. The goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible while minimizing the risk of the tick passing the pathogen or toxin.