Prevention of Tickborne Disease
Ticks do not jump, fly or fall out of trees. They wait on low growing plants for a host (person or animal) to pass by. When a host brushes against the plant, the tick will cling to fur or clothing. Once on the host, the tick will crawl upward, looking for a place to attach and begin feeding. In Arkansas, ticks can be active year around. Reduce the risk of getting disease from ticks by following these steps:
- Avoid tick-infested areas such as tall grass and dense vegetation.
- Tuck your pants into sock tops or boots.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find crawling ticks.
- Use repellents and follow label instructions carefully.
- Check yourself, your children and pets often for ticks.
- Bathe or shower within two hours after being where ticks live to find and wash off ticks that may be crawling on you.
- Pets are also at risk for tick-borne diseases and can carry infected ticks into the home. However, infected pets cannot spread illness to humans.
- Keep yards and outdoor play areas well mowed to keep away ticks.
- Ask your veterinarian how to control ticks on dogs and cats and always follow any label instructions.
- Inspect pets for ticks often.