Keep Your Eyes Peeled....

 

2018-05-18


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....
 

Prevention

  • 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.