People who often come into contact with ticks (such as foresters or gardeners) can protect themselves by taking the following precautions:
- Keep to the paths as much as possible and try to avoid dense vegetation and bushes.
- Wear closed shoes, long sleeves and trousers. Tuck the legs of your trousers into your socks. Tip: Ticks are easier to spot on light-coloured clothing.
- Wear clothing that has been treated with Permithrin insect repellent, or spray your clothing with a product containing DEET (diethyltoluamide).
- Apply a product containing DEET to bare skin.
These precautions offer no guarantee that you will not be bitten by a tick. It is still important to check for ticks after visiting green areas.