Senior Summer Safety Tips: All About Tick Prevention
It’s the time of year when everyone starts to spend more time outdoors. This can be a great way to really enjoy nature. However, during the Summer months, there are also a number of potential safety threats that can make going outdoors a little more on the dangerous side. One of these threats is ticks. Ticks can ultimately expose you to hazards such as Lyme disease, which can be life-altering for any individual, but particularly dangerous for seniors. While not all ticks carry Lyme disease, many of them do so it is important to be on the cautious side when it comes to ticks.
This is why every senior, and their caregivers, need to be aware of a few simple steps they can take to lessen their chances of getting bit by a tick.
- Wear tick protection. If you are planning on being outdoors in an area that has a lot of trees, plants or that is known for hosting ticks, make sure that you are wearing plenty of tick protection. This includes your own back yard. There are many safe tick sprays that you can put on yourself or your loved one before you go outdoors.
- Spray your backyard. You many not realize just how infested the average back yard is. The best solution is to hire a professional to spray an effective tick-killing product that will significantly reduce the amount of ticks in an area.
- Treat your pets. One of the most common ways that ticks get in the home and attached to people is through pets. Make sure to treat your pets after they have been outdoors. Apply a spray to pets regularly and make sure that you check them for ticks when they come in.
- Check for ticks when coming indoors. As soon as you come indoors, make sure that you check for ticks. They tend to hide in crevices so look around your armpits, behind the knees and behind the ears.
- Remove ticks the right way. If you do find a tick on your body, it is important to not panic. Take the time to remove it correctly. Take a pair of tweezers and grab the tick closely between the skin and the mouth and pull slowly until the tick dislodges. Then clean the area with soap and water.
Remember, ticks can be around any time that the temperatures are about 50 degrees or higher. Keep these tips in mind this summer, and any time that you and your senior loved one are spending time outdoors in the warm weather. You may not even realize that ticks are running rampant in your area, so the more precautions you are able to take, the better.
Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.