Our outdoor season is fast approaching and our players and parents may come across grassy fields where ticks can be found. Read on to review the ways to help prevent a tick from using you as a host....
Avoid areas with high grass, brush and leaf clutter.
Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes when walking through long grass, which can be found on the perimeter of many fields around the HRM. Tuck your pants into your socks, too.
Thoroughly check your body if you’ve been in a tick-prone area, and shower as soon as possible once indoors.
Have a friend inspect hard-to-see areas of your body like the back, neck and scalp.
Parents should use bath time to thoroughly check young children for ticks daily.
Throw your soccer clothes in the dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill any stowaway ticks.
Check your pets too....some people bring their canines to watch the games. Ask your veterinarian about tick preventives for pets.
We do lose a lot of balls in the bushes / tall grass at games....perhaps this year, people wearing pants can walk through the long grass for the ball rescue!
Bottom line: If you spend time outdoors in an area prone to ticks, assume you’ve picked one up. Do a thorough check when you’re back indoors and remove any ticks immediately. Consult a doctor for any concerning symptoms.