Tick Management and Tick First Aid


Managing Ticks Around Your Home

  • Install animal proof fencing. This prevents the host animals (e.g.bandicoots) coming into your yard where they can drop
  • If there are tick prone areas around the home, install fencing to prevent children from entering those
  • Ticks do not like dry conditions! Keep overhanging foliage and leaf litter to a minimum and mow lawns
  • Apply insecticides to areas where ticks occur, you may need the services of a professional pest controller. Ensure that ticks are mentioned on the insecticide label.
  • Regularly treat pets to prevent ticks—ask your vet for advice; many dogs and cats die every year from tick

Preventing  Tick Bites

  • Wear long-­‐sleeved shirts and long pants when walking or working in areas where ticks occur
  • Tuck pants into long socks Wear a wide-­‐brimmed hat
  • Wear light-­‐coloured clothing, which makes it easier to see ticks
  • After being outdoors, remove clothing and place clothes in a hot dryer for 20 minutes to kill ticks that may be on clothing
  • Undress and check for ticks daily, checking carefully on the neck and scalp
  • Use insect repellent, particularly ones containing DEET (such as Tropical RID®, Tropical Aerogard®, Bushmans®) or Picaridin (OFF!®)
  • Use permethrin-­‐treated clothing when exposed to ticks e.g. when

The above information is from the resource located at http://www.tiara.org.au/




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