Ticks are mostly found in high, shaded grass and decomposing leaves near trees and bushes. That is why it is important to check for tick bites after visiting such places.
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.
Would you want to know more about DEET and its ingredients? Go to waarzitwatin.nl (in Dutch) or the ECHA substance infocard.