Protecting Yourself from Ticks while Camping

There are more than eight hundred kinds of ticks all over the world, and these small creatures can be found most commonly in grassy places, such as prairies, or even woodlands, usually away from main paths or campsites.

Ticks have been known to share over 30 diseases, such as Lyme disease, Colorado tick fever, ehrlichiosis, tick-borne relapsing fever, RMF(Rocky Mountain Fever), tick paralysis, tularemia, and babesiosis. Once a tick makes contact with an animal or person, it will attach to the skin, and begin sucking the blood out of the victim. The tick’s bite does not cause any of the aforementioned diseases, instead it is the saliva that transmits the diseases, due to the toxins contained within, according to eMedicineHealth.

Take Precautions

Wear light-colored clothing. Ticks are quite small, and they can be no bigger than the head of a pin, which makes them difficult to notice. Make sure your light clothing has very tight stitching, as this can make it harder for the tick to come into contact with you, and make the parasite much easier to spot. Tuck your shirt and any other layers into your pants, and also tuck your pants into your shoes. Wash your clothing as soon as you can to remove anything that might have caught a ride home with you.

Try to avoid wearing open-toed shoes, and do your best to keep your feet covered. Sandals and flip-flops may be comfortable, but they are not safe, especially if you like walking through the forest.

Be sure to use protection sprays when you walk through the forest, hike, or move away from the campsite. These sprays are quite toxic, and they must be washed off once you are finished with your tasks, and be sure to cleanse your hands thoroughly after applying.

Be alert, and try not to sit on the bare ground, use blankets, or chairs instead. Don’t wander too far off hiking trails, especially if you aren’t properly covered. Look yourself over often to check for bugs and parasites, and have someone else check in areas you can’t see, like the scalp, your back, and behind your ears.

Tick Removal

What should you do if you see a tick on your skin? According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), you should have a pair of thin tweezers to remove the tick, and you should aim to remove the tick as soon as you are able to. New devices are available just for removing Ticks. Pull the parasite straight out, do not crush the body, and dispose of straight away. To disinfect, simply wash with warm water and soap carefully and thoroughly. If there are any traces of illness, like fever, headache, rashes, or fatigue, you should seek medical help immediately.