Lyme Disease Awareness | Bomgaars BLOG

Posted on 05/25/2021 at 08:09 AM by Kris Kegerize

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

There are a variety of insects that come out of hiding in the summer. Few are as terrible and troublesome as the tick. While their bites aren't painful, they can spread Lyme disease and other blood-borne illnesses.

The symptoms range from a rash or flu-link symptoms to disabling neurological problems, arthritis, or psychosis. They're most active from April to September, during some of the best camping and hiking weather.

What are you to do, then? There are multiple safety tips for avoiding and dealing with ticks this summer.

  1. Ask About the Camp's Safety: It's best to either call or check the camp's website for the best (and safest) places to camp, along with any tick alerts. Choose a camping location with showers if possible.

  2. Create a Tick-Be-Gone Kit: Bring a kit with you in case you have a tick encounter. This can include pointed tweezers, duct tape, and rubbing alcohol or antiseptic ointment.

  3. Protect Your Pet: Pets can be the best companions. Make sure they stay safe as well. Use a tick collar and leash to prevent them from running in areas they love but shouldn't explore. Human repellent may not be safe for pets, so be sure to use only pet-friendly repellents.

  4. Stay off the Grass: Because ticks like humid environments, it's best to stay on cleared trails, lay down a blanket before sitting down, or stay in camping chairs.

  5. Stay Dry: Choose to pitch your tent in a dry and well-cleared area in the sun. The dark and wooded places attract ticks. Avoid piles of "leaf litter" around the camp.

  6. Tuck & Duct Tape: Wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible (without overheating) and tuck! Tuck in your shirt in your pants, your pants in your socks, tuck your hair in a cap or tie it up. You can even use duct tape around your socks and cuffs to keep the ticks from crawling in.

  7. Bring the Chemicals: DEET is the most common spray as you can use it on your skin (and hey, we supply it!). DEET sprays can protect for several hours, but it's best to check with your doctor if you're pregnant or choosing protection for your children. Permethrin is an exceptional chemical that kills ticks on contact. You can also buy clothes, footwear, and even camping gear with this in it. It's odorless and stays for up to 70 washes. While you can buy kits to apply it yourself, these don't last as long. It can also be dangerous as it should not come in contact with the skin.

  8. Remain a Vigilant Tick Defender: If you're out camping or hiking for multiple hours, it's best to check you, your children, and your pets for ticks every 2-3 hours. A mirror can help you see parts you can't if you're alone.

  9. See a Tick? Pull Out Your Kit!: Remove any ticks on your body as soon as possible with a set of tweezers, then swab the area with either your rubbing alcohol or ointment. It's unlikely you will contract Lyme disease unless it's stayed attached for 36-48 hours.

  10. Stay Clean: Reduce your risk of Lyme disease by showering within two hours of your outdoor activities (which is why camps with showers are incredible). It also gives you time to check yourself for ticks.

  11. Tumble Dry the Ticks Away: Ticks can cling to clothes. Do a quick tick check and tumble dry any clothes (clean or dirty) on high for 10 minutes before you wash them. This kills any pesky stowaways.

Camping trips with your family and friends are treasured moments. Keep those moments tick-free and fun with the following products: 
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