Avoiding Tick Bites

Like you, ticks are at their most active during the warmest months of the year – and they’re just lying in wait for an unsuspecting host to brush by! Steer clear this summer by taking some simple precautions to prevent ticks:

Prevent Ticks

Limit your exposure to ticks and prevent them from hitching a ride on your socks or clothing by avoiding tick nesting areas.

When hiking or biking, travel in the middle of the path – not at the edges where ticks may hide in tall grass or brush.

Eliminate tick hiding places in your yard by cleaning up leaf litter, cutting tall grasses and keeping shrubs and bushes trimmed.

Finally, dress smart while working or camping in brushy areas! Wear long pants and high socks with boots or closed-toe shoes

Apply Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control Spray Concentrate to your lawn to control ticks and other pests in the outdoor spaces you spend the most time in.

Avoiding Tick Bites

After a hiking or camping trip, it’s important to check yourself and your family for ticks before you carry them home! Ticks can hitch a ride on your clothing, and then attach to you later. Carefully examine clothing and equipment for ticks before you go inside. Once home, throw your clothes in the dryer at high heat for an hour to kill any ticks that remain.

If you spot a tick on your body, remove it right away:

  1. Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.
  2. Then, pull upward with steady, even pressure to remove the tick.
  3. Once you remove it, be sure to thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Don’t forget to check your pets! Treat your pets for ticks regularly with a product labeled for direct use on pets to prevent them from bringing ticks indoors. Do not use Cutter® brand insect repellent products directly on pets.

Avoiding Tick Bites

Using a personal insect repellent that’s effective against ticks is your first line of defense against tick-borne diseases. Protect your people by preparing for ticks before you spend time outdoors. Apply personal repellent to all exposed skin, including the back of your neck. Make sure you apply to the entry points of your clothing, including your sleeve cuffs and pant legs.