Be prepared and order a tick removal kit to include in your First Aid Kit.
A Camping First Aid Kit should include:
- A tick removal tool*
- A needle
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Antibacterial soap
- A container or small zipper bag to save a tick for testing
- Tape to seal the container securely
If you don’t have a tick removal tool or tweezers, and must remove the tick with your hands, use the following precautions:
- Use a leaf or tissue to avoid touching the tick with your bare hands.
- Avoid squeezing the tick’s gut
What Can You Do to Avoid Tick Bites While Hunting and Camping?
- Wear light colored clothes to see ticks better.
- Wear shoes that cover the feet (no sandals), and socks.
- Wear long pants, tucked into your socks, and a long-sleeved shirt, tucked in.
- Wear a hat or scarf if you will pass under trees.
- Spray shoes, clothing and/or skin with repellent. (See Repellents below.)
- Spray clothing (but never skin) with permethrin (permanone), an insecticide. (See below.)
- Wear repellent when gardening or doing yard work.
- Buy Rynoskin long underwear, socks, and hoods at 1-866-934-7546 or www. rynoskin.com . Hike in the center of trails, so you won’t brush against plants. Avoid tall grass.
- Check yourself frequently for ticks. Use a mirror, and also feel for ticks. Check underarms, groin, belly button, neck, behind knees, in and behind ears, under hair, and where clothes fit tightly. Check pets for ticks before they enter the house. For pets, use Frontline or a flea and tick collar. Remove ticks promptly to lessen the chances of getting Lyme disease.
- Undress in a shower stall or dry bathtub, so you can see ticks that drop off.
- To remove unattached, crawling ticks, use sticky tape, liquid soap, or a soapy washcloth.
- Put clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks on them. If clothes are washed first, dry them on high heat for an extra hour after the clothes have dried. (Ticks can survive the washing machine and dryer, unless dried an extra hour. They can also survive a bath.) Put clothes in a trash bag and spray permethrin into the bag, to kill ticks before laundering. (Do the spraying outdoors.) Seal the bag tightly and keep sealed until laundering.
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