The best part of living in Georgia? Many Natives will say the great outdoors -- especially during the fall!
Whether hiking the Blue Ridge mountains or attending a plantation quail hunt, activities for adventurous sportsmen (and women!) are endless. But be advised, while you are outside ticks are hunting too...for you.
Since we like to keep our community prepared against pests, here are a few tips from our experts to keep ticks from tagging along!
Keep it Covered. Wearing the right type of clothing is the best way to prevent ticks. The more your clothing covers, the better! A pair of pants (tucked into your socks) with a long sleeve shirt is the ideal tick-proof attire. Go ahead and put on a hat and some gloves as well, it's likely to be cold outside anyway!
Juice it Up. Bug repellent is always a good idea when venturing outdoors. We recommend spraying some DEET on your clothes and exposed areas of skin.
Check it Out. After coming out of the woods, be sure to thoroughly check your clothes and skin. The most common places to find ticks are sock lines, waistbands, armpits, hairline and any other crevice the tiny pests could've cozied up in. Eeeeeekkkk!! If you do happen to find a tick, remove it (duh)! The best removal method starts with a pair of tweezers -- clamp down as close to your skin as possible, and pull the tick straight from your body. Put some antiseptic on the area afterward. Try not to burst the little pest, that just makes things messy.
Keep it Safe. If you suspect a tick has been on your body for more than 24 hours, go head and visit the hospital. As you probably know, ticks carry Lyme disease and it's best not to take any chances.
Have fun out there folks!