Ticks can transmit different diseases, such as Lyme. That is why it is very important to know how to prevent a tick bite. Those affected by Lyme disease in Navarra give us some simple guidelines and a natural remedy to prepare a home repellent against this parasite.
In our first article in Hogarmania we talked about Lyme disease , its symptoms and some of the most common characteristics of this infectious disease.
It is important to bear in mind that ticks today are many and not only in wooded areas . We can find them in the gardens of the city, the swimming pools, the beach and much more. In addition, there are more and more numbers (this is affirmed by the European Parliament and also by us, who see it in practice).
It is necessary to clarify that a very small proportion of ticks are carriers of malignant bacteria and that years ago there were also ticks, although much less, in our mountains, hamlets and shepherds’ huts. But there is no data on diseases like the one we mentioned. Therefore, it is important not to obsess but to be aware that it can and does happen.
Knowing the disease is vital, but just as important is knowing how to prevent a tick bite . Therefore, in this second article we have wanted to focus on giving you some basic guidelines to carry out and prevent possible bites.
How to prevent a tick bite
1. When activities are carried out in nature, long-sleeved clothing and long pants should be used, preferably light in color to better visualize the tick , which in its nymph form (the most common) does not exceed a size the head of a pin.
2. In addition, we recommend inserting the pants into the shoes (avoid open shoes such as sandals) and the shirt into the pants.
3. Wear caps or scarves , especially in wooded areas or with high scrub.
4. Try to walk through the central area of the trails and paths, avoiding contact with the lateral vegetation . Avoid sitting in areas with tall grass, ferns, or low shrubs.
5. Check clothing and body once the activity is over. You can take advantage of the moment of the shower. Check well (better with help) the hot and humid parts of the body; they are the favorite areas of ticks.
6. Use repellants suitable for skin and clothing.
7. Wash clothes at high temperature after each use.
What are the hot spots that ticks prefer?
Ticks prefer so-called hot spots, which are the following: armpits, ears, groin and inside of the fingers.
It is essential to review everything, putting special emphasis on these areas and review with great care and attention (it can be confused with freckles or not see them).
What repellants do I use for my skin and clothes?
There are several repellants on the market and they are for sale in sports stores and pharmacies.
It is essential to review the instructions to verify that they are indicated for ticks ( tick in English) and the duration of protection thereof.
Even so, even if we have used repellent, it is necessary to follow the guidelines indicated above once we have arrived at our house.
Homemade tick repellent
We also leave you the recipe for a homemade repellent , a natural remedy that you can do at home and it is very effective.
You will need the following components:
- 50 ml aceite vegetal de NEEM
- 50 ml of coconut vegetable acceptance
- 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 10-15 drops of geranium essential oil