People go for adventure traveling to exotic places so as to relieve the stress and burdens of their hectic lives. Adventure traveling for mountain climbing, hiking and other activities seems like a good way of experiencing something relaxing, different, and entertaining.
However, your entire travel trip can turn upside-down, if you are not careful of the little pests and ticks around you! Since you travel to unfamiliar places, you can never be certain of exactly what you’ll be facing once you are out of your house.
There have been reports from researchers that say that the population of ticks has increased in the recent times. Therefore, the need to stay careful of such small critters, who can infect you with their bites, is very important. Therefore, you must take proper tick pest control measures wherever you go!
Destinations to avoid
There are many tick-borne diseases which can prove to be very dangerous for your health. The most common disease includes Lyme, plague, Zika, and dengue. Therefore, you must be aware of the destinations the most threat of exposing you to such infected ticks.
According to a report, the top states where tick-borne diseases were found include Virginia, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Therefore, if your travel plans take you these states, make sure to be extra cautious of your surroundings for ticks!
Do hotels pose a threat?
While traveling, it is given that you will have to spend some time in hotel rooms at one place or another. However, sometimes, you might find your room itself being infected with ticks! This is because there are many pet-friendly hotels where there is no one to be held accountable if the pets turn out to have ticks on them!
It can also happen that the guests previously staying in the room were the cause of the tick infestation! This is why you need to be careful of your surroundings, even if you are in a very good hotel!
Avoid tick bites
A simple way of preventing yourself from getting a tick bite is to avoid them! It is said that ‘precaution is better than cure’, and therefore, taking safety measures prior to stepping foot outside is the best way of keeping yourself safe. Here are a few ways to do so:
- Wear clothes that cover every inch of you. Long-sleeved shirts and pants which are light in color are the best options for garments. Also, tuck your pants into your socks to restrict access to your legs.
- Use insect repellents on your exposed skin which contains 20% to 30% DEET.
- Stay away from dense bushes, low-hanging branches, and tall grass.
- Treat your clothes with Permethrin by spraying it on them. This helps in killing any ticks which have managed to climb on you.
- Before getting into your living space, check your body and clothes for any ticks.
How To Manage tick Bites
- Make use of tweezers which have a fine tip to remove the ticks by grasping them as close to the skin as possible.
- Apply even pressure when removing the ticks by pulling upward steadily. Avoid doing so in jerky or circular motions as it can cause the mouth of the tick to break and remain stuck to the skin.
- However, if the mouth remains stuck to the skin, then try removing it with the help of tweezers. If you are unable to do so, then it is best to leave it alone and avoid rubbing the area, for the skin to heal properly.
- Clean the area where the tick bite took place thoroughly with the help of antiseptics or alcohol.
- To dispose of the tick properly, submerge it in a container filled with alcohol or wrap it in tape before flushing it in the toilet. It is advised to not crush the tick using your fingers!
How to Know You Have a Tick Disease?
If you suffer a tick bite and are unable to prevent yourself from them, you must make sure that you do not miss any symptoms that warn you about tick-borne diseases like Lyme. The biggest symptom is the occurrence of a red rash around the area of the tick bite.
Other major signs that tell that you have Lyme disease are chills, aches, fever, tiredness, stiffness, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes! If you find yourself going through these symptoms, even if it is after a few months of the tick bite, make sure to visit a doctor!
If you wish to travel to new places, then keep in mind to follow the above guidelines so as to prevent yourself from tick bites and illnesses!