8 Ways to Prevent Tick-Borne Illnesses

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cover up when in wooded areasAs you may remember, on Wednesday I told you about my grandson’s recent experience with Lyme. While he’s now fully recovered, he’s not fully “out of the woods”—both literally and figuratively.

You see, our grandson lives in a house on a well-timbered area not far from Lyme, Connecticut—which as I mentioned on Wednesday is the “birth place” of Lyme disease. My grandson also has an outdoorsy Maine Coon Cat that could bring another source of ticks into their home at any time.  

Upset that her beloved grandson should suffer so again, good ole “Grandma Jan” scoured the Internet to make sure it doesn’t happen again. She searched for more proactive prevention approaches people can take to repel ticks in the first place—which she promptly emailed out to our family and friends. 

For your summer safety, I also want to share those tick prevention strategies with you:

1. Avoid tick-infested areas when you can.

2. Cover up if you’re in a woodsy area. Wear long pants and tuck them into your shoes. Also remember to cover your arms, and wear a hat.

3. As soon as you come indoors, check yourself—including your hair—for ticks. For young children, it’s easier to spot ticks during their bath.

4. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your sunscreen since ticks hate the scent.

5. Apply Neem oil to your skin. This natural insecticide product from India repels over 200 insects, including ticks. Jan also found Neem soaps, shampoos, and rinses on the market.

6. Wear fabric softener sheets; attached to belts, stuff in pockets. No research, but people say it helps.

7. Plant flowers plants in your yard that deer hate, including ferns, daffodils, tiger lilies, snapdragons, geraniums, and morning glories. That helps to keep tick-carrying deer away.

8. Finally, ticks are particularly attracted to hairy areas—so men, remember to check the scrotal area thoroughly.

Now it’s your turn: What strategies have you tried to keep ticks at bay?

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