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The Ugly World of Ticks - Avoiding Ticks.

Stay away from likely tick habitats and hideouts as much as possible. These include areas with tall grasses, damp underbrush, and woods that have several layers of shrubs.

If you need to work in such areas or wish to hike through them, it would be best to observe a few simple precautions. Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to make it easy to spot the dark ticks. Keep the sleeves and shirt buttoned up and the shirt tucked into the trousers. Tuck the trouser legs tightly into the tops of the socks, and wear high shoes or boots. Before putting on your clothes, spray them with an approved tick repellent and let them dry. While walking, check your clothes frequently. Ticks on clothing should be removed with a stick or other apparatus--not with your bare hands.

Ticks generally take several hours to attach, so check yourself often during the day and thoroughly at night before going to bed. They tend to move toward warm, moist parts of the body, such as the head, hairline, neck, armpit, and waist, so inspect these areas more carefully.

----D.G.S.

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Author:Smith, Dwight G.
Publication:World and I
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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