Wearing tick repellent clothing is the best— and easiest —way for people to prevent tick bites when they venture outdoors. Did you know you can turn your own favorite clothes into tick repellent clothes? Products containing permethrin kill ticks. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings.
Permethrin should never be applied to skin; use as directed on the product label. Permethrin is safe for pets when your clothes have dried, but NOT when wet for cats or small dogs. Learn more about protecting your pets from tick bites.
Use a repellent on your skin that contains 20% or more of DEET, which can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth, with a concentrate of DEET no higher than 30%. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Other Arthropods.
Blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) feed on mice in their nests, especially in Spring and Fall. You can buy or make tick tubes to help kill these larva. Tick tubes are cardboard/biodegradable tubes with permethrin-treated cotton. Rodents take the cotton to build their nests, the ticks are exposed to permethrin and killed. All the while, the mice, other mammals and your lands are unharmed and undisturbed.
- Buy tick tubes.
- Build your own tick tubes.
- Refer to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s Tick Management Handbook for a comprehensive guide to preventing ticks and their bites through landscaping.
- Learn about Bait Boxes.