Tick Protection Tips

To keep an active outdoor life isn't easy in the spring to fall season due to the high occurrence of ticks. Here are some tips that'll help to protect you and your pets as much as possible. 
Avoid Tick Habitat. Ticks tend to be near the ground, in leaf litter, grasses, bushes and fallen logs. 
         High risk activities include playing in leaves, gathering firewood and leaning against tree trunks. When you hike, stay on cleared trails instead of walking across grassy fields. 
Dress Defensively.

         Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. Tie back long hair and wear a hat. Light-colored clothing helps you spot ticks before they cause trouble.

Use Repellent on Exposed Skin.

          Those using Dharma Herbs Tick Repellent on their pets have proven between 80% - 99% fewer bites than if using other commercial repellents. 

Check for Ticks.

           Always check yourself and your pets for ticks during and after being outdoors. If you find any ticks that aren't attached, brush them off immediately. 

Carry a pouch with a tick removal kit

            Having a set of tweezers, rubbing alcohol swaps and an antibacterial ointment on hand at all times is highly recommended. If you find an attached tick, carefully place the tweezers as close to the skin as possible holding the tick by its head and remove quickly without crushing the tick or braking its head off. The tick has to come out in one piece. Discard the tick. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol immediately after the removal and apply antibacterial ointment. I recommend boosting the immune system by taking echinacea, cat's claw or olive leaf extract - seek advice on such or similar herbal products and dosing with an herbalist, homeopathic or naturopathic doctor. If the tick has been attached for a longer period of time, or if it doesn't come off easily, trace the tick bite with a sharpie marker and observe the bite. In case the tick bite starts changing its shape or you find other spots either around the tick bite or elsewhere on your body such as bull's eye or unfamiliar rash on your skin, seek medical help immediately.

Shower.

        Once home, take a shower right away. This will wash away unattached ticks and offer a good chance to thoroughly inspect yourself. Feel for bumps that might be embedded ticks. Pay careful attention to hidden places, including groin, armpits, back of knees, belly button and scalp. Parents should check their children. Check your pets as well as yourself and your children. Use Furminator brush to brush off any unattached ticks hiding in their coat. Remove any attached ticks and treat the bite the same way as described above.

Hot Dryer.

         Running your clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes before you wash them will kill any ticks that may be there.

Protect Your Pets.

         Ticks can infect dogs and cats, too. Also, their fur can act like a “tick magnet,” carrying ticks inside your home. Using our natural non-toxic herbal formula Dharma Herbs Tick Repellent is the optimal choice for the best protection.