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/
Do the online Awareness Education program developed by State Cover.