How to protect yourself from ticks naturally?
In recent years, we have heard more and more about ticks, this small insect that has a very bad reputation because of Lyme disease.
I myself live in the countryside and with children and a dog, you quickly learn how to protect yourself from ticks. Today I offer you my best tips and natural tick repellent.
1. Walk on trails to protect yourself from ticks
From the beginning of spring and the arrival of hot summer days, walks in the forest and in the mountains become very popular. Why stay locked up in the house when it’s so beautiful outside, right? ?
Always stay on the trails!
Unfortunately, countless insects can spoil our walks in the forest, including the famous ticks. Ticks are found a lot in the forest and on the edge of hiking trails. It is therefore important to walk the trails on your next hikes to avoid being bitten by a tick.
Unfortunately for pets, such as dogs and cats, this advice for protecting against ticks may be difficult to put into practice. It is therefore very important to check your dog for ticks before entering the house to prevent them from coming into contact with you and your skin.
2. Do not walk in tall grass
Your worst enemy in the forest and on your next hike… Tall grass! Ticks and other pests love to hide in tall grass.
Indeed, ticks like to stay on tall grass as well as on the leaves of trees and shrubs. So be careful not to brush against them during your walks in the forest. Hence the importance of wearing long clothes during a hike. Long clothes are a great way to protect yourself from ticks.
3. What anti-tick clothes to wear?
When you go for a walk in the forest or simply outside your house in the countryside, it is important to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from ticks.
If you do not take any precautions with your clothes, you unfortunately risk being bitten by ticks, especially when walking in the forest. Whether for pants, shoes or stockings, it is important to protect yourself well and hide as much skin as possible.
Wear good hiking shoes!
It is recommended to wear shoes and not sandals when walking in the forest, even if you stay on the trails. The feet can become the target of ticks and other insects. So be careful what shoes you wear.
Stockings and pants, tick repellent!
Also prefer pants rather than shorts and don’t forget to wear stockings in your shoes and sandals to avoid tick bites.
Wear bright clothes!
If you go hiking it is best to wear bright clothes. This will make it much easier and faster to spot ticks and other harmful insects on your body and on your clothes.
An anti tick spray for clothes!
To finish with clothes, did you know that there are anti-tick products to spray directly on fabrics and clothes? Ask about clothes tick spray at your favorite outdoor store.
4. Take a good look at your body after a hike
No matter what activity you do outside, it is best to always check your body, especially after hiking in the forest or in the mountains.
Take a good look at your body!
Take a good look at your body and your skin to find a tick under the skin quickly or not. A tick that is found quickly will usually not cause a problem. Beyond a certain number of hours, if the tick is infected with the bacteria, it can transmit Lyme disease to you, so be careful!
What are the favorite body parts of ticks?
Ticks particularly appreciate these regions of the human body:
- the hollow of the knee
- the bend of the elbow
- the inner part of the thighs
For more information about Lyme disease, I invite you to consult the Government of Canada’s Healthy Canadians website, which offers a complete file on Lyme disease and infected ticks.
5. How to remove a tick from a human?
If you are looking for the right technique to remove a tick then I recommend this video entitled: The right way to remove a tick from the Canadian Government.
This video explains very well how to safely remove a tick from a human. You can of course use the same technique to remove a tick from a dog or cat.
If you want to have the best gadget to remove a tick without breaking it in half then I highly recommend a tick hook or tweezer.
- Tweezers for easily removing ticks on the human body.
- Easy to use without the risk of cutting the tick in half.
- Tick tweezers for humans, dogs, cats and horses.
6. Homemade human tick repellent
How about making your own natural tick remedy with a few ingredients you have at home? To concoct this natural repellent against ticks and other parasites you need:
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 teaspoon of tea tree essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of neem oil
Mix the ingredients well and spray the repellent directly on clothing and hiking shoes to protect you and keep ticks away naturally.
7. Anti-tick collar for dogs and cats
If you are looking for an anti tick product for dogs or cats, know that there is a collar specially designed to protect your animal from ticks.
It is important to choose a pest control collar that will protect well against ticks, because certain types of collars are only effective against fleas and lice.
dog tick collar
- Anti tick and anti flea collar for dogs.
- Product effective for up to 8 months against ticks.
- Protects your pet from stings and bites.
If you notice your dog or cat scratching a lot, it may be a sign that ticks or fleas are on your pet.
8. Areas infected with ticks… Attention!
Of course, it is easy to consult the list of regions infected by ticks. So if you want to avoid being bitten by ticks, it is better to also avoid its regions or use our many anti-tick tips and tricks presented on this page.
For those who live in France here is a site and a map to consult which presents the risk of being bitten by ticks or seeing ticks.
Risk map in France for ticks, fleas and mosquitoes
For those who live in Quebec, here is another site and map where you can consult the regions most at risk of seeing ticks. In addition you will find a ton of practical information on ticks on this site.
Quebec risk map for ticks