Mayo Clinic Minute: Ways to avoid ticks

Jeff Olsen: While you're enjoying a hike, ticks are looking for a ride.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt: They get themselves in a position. And they will climb up the nearest object, like this blade of grass here.

Jeff Olsen: It's called questing.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt: It sticks out its legs, and that allows it to grab on to hosts as they walk by.

Jeff Olsen: You can lessen the chances you'll become a host.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt: Using insect repellents is a good idea.

Jeff Olsen: Mayo Clinic parasitic diseases expert Dr. Bobbi Pritt suggests permethrin for your clothing and gear.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt: You can really saturate your gear. Leave them out to dry, and, then, the next day, wear them.

Jeff Olsen: Use permethrin on materials and DEET on skin. Spray the DEET repellent on exposed skin, including your legs and hands. Avoid your face, but be sure to protect your neck. Then, tuck your pants into your socks. And, on your hike, remember to avoid areas where those questing ticks may be perched.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt: That's why you want to stay away from the tall grasses. Stay in the middle.

Jeff Olsen: For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I'm Jeff Olsen.

Last Updated Mar 24, 2023

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