Ticks do not live high in the trees – they live in grass, bushes, shrubs, and low-growing foliage. They cannot fly or jump. That is why they usually come into contact with your feet, ankles, and lower legs first. Ticks are active all year round, but have a peak of activity from May to September, which is when most tick bites are reported. Your risk of a tick bite is highest in the spring and summer months from May to September.
High-risk areas include:
- Wooded areas
- Nature parks
- Grassy fields
Where ticks usually bite
Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas
- the groin (between the legs)
- back of the knees
- inside the belly button
- in and around the ears
- around the waist
- and in and around all body hair
Prevention is key!
Tick bite prevention is key. These prevention tips will help you avoid being bitten:
- When outdoors, cover yourself as much as possible to reduce exposed skin. Wear long shirts and pants, and tuck your pant legs into your socks.
- While outdoors and after returning inside, check yourself and children regularly and thoroughly for ticks. Regularly inspect pets for ticks, too.
- When using trails or paths, stay in the centre of them. Avoid the tall grassy sides.
- Wear light-coloured clothing: this makes it easier to see ticks crawling on you/your clothing.
- Apply an appropriate repellent, such as Care Plus™ DEET or Icaridin-based repellents on clothing or exposed skin. Look for a specific reference to ticks on the label. Always read and follow label instructions carefuly before use. Learn more about ICARIDIN.
- Remove any found ticks as quickly as possible. Bathing soon after coming indoors is a good way to find ticks on adults or children.