How to Protect Your Children from Ticks

How to Protect Your Children from Ticks

tick-controlTicks are not only an annoyance but, depending on where you live, there is a 25% chance that a tick will carry Lyme Disease. DEET is the the most recognizable name when it comes to chemical insect repellents but experts have begun to caution parents from using the chemical on children. What other options are there that work? ABC News put bug repellents to the test to figure out which repellent works the best against ticks; Deet, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, or a synthetic compound called Picaridin.

For each of these tests the reporter, Becky, put a hand or foot covered in repellent on a sheet with ticks, waited 5 minutes, and recorded the tick activity. As a control test, Becky tested to see how many ticks would crawl onto her hand when she used no repellent and after 5 minutes there were 5 ticks on her hand.

The Deet repellent successfully repelled ticks for five minutes as did the Picaridin based spray. By the end of the 5 minutes with the Lemon Eucalyptus no ticks remained on her hand but two had ventured onto her hand before immediately jumping off.

According to the ABC News experiment It looks like Picaridin, which is made to resemble a pepper plant, works just as well as Deet while giving parents peace of mind.


It is still important to check yourself and your family members for ticks after spending time outdoors and to monitor any bites for signs of Lyme Disease and contact your doctor if you start to show symptoms.

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