Weekly Clinical Service Dose: What You Can Do to Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites
Most bug bites are harmless, but some mosquitoes and ticks spread viruses and bacteria that can make you sick. Some of these viruses and bacteria are very serious.
- Mosquitoes spread viruses like Zika, West Nile.
- Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are just 2 of the serious diseases you can get from tick bites.
Protect yourself from mosquito and tick bites.
When you spend time outside, take these steps to protect yourself:
- Use bug repellent (also called bug spray or insect repellent) on your skin and clothing.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to cover your skin.
- Check everyone for ticks after spending time outside.
- Take a shower within 2 hours after being outside to help wash away ticks.
- Put dry clothes in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks.
- Clear bushes, tall grasses, and fallen leaves from around your home.
- Use wood chips or gravel to separate your patio or play equipment from wooded or brushy areas.
- Use screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Repair any holes in the screens, and don’t leave doors propped open.
- Once a week, check items in or near your home that can hold water – like planters, wading pools, or trash cans. Empty and scrub, turn over, or cover the items.
- Get rid of things you’re not using that can collect water, like tires or old toys.
- Tightly cover water storage containers, like rain barrels.
Protect your pets, too.
- Check your pets for ticks.
- Use veterinarian-approved tick collars or medicines to protect your pets from ticks.
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