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Most ticks don't carry diseases. And most tick bites don't cause serious health problems. But it's important to avoid tick bites so you can avoid diseases such as Lyme disease that the tick may pass on during feeding and avoid a skin infection from a bite.
Try these tips for avoiding ticks.
Learn where ticks and deer that carry ticks are found in your community.
Wear a hat, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants with the legs tucked into your socks. Keep in mind that it's easier to spot ticks on light-coloured clothes.
You can also buy clothing already treated with permethrin.
Also clear woodpiles and stone fences, and clear the edges of your yard or garden. This may help reduce ticks and the rodents that the ticks depend on.
Deer often carry deer ticks. Remove plants that attract deer. And use barriers to keep deer out.
Call your local landscaping nursery or provincial agriculture department to see if your yard can be treated with non-chemical or environmentally safe methods.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick.
Here are some things you should not do:
Adaptation Date: 12/12/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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