Good Morning America: Tick Prevention
Summer and fall can be popular seasons for families to spend time outdoors, but are you protecting yourself and your children against Ticks? Good Morning America shared some advice about alternatives to bug sprays containing DEET, which some consumers want to avoid.
DEET Alternatives: Picaridin + Lemon Eucalyptus
Good Morning America’s Becky Worley said that summer is the height of Tick season. Ticks cause Lyme Disease, which can be serious and debilitating. “Keeping them off you and your kids is serious,” Worley said.
The insect repellant DEET was popular for many years. But experts don’t recommend it for children, especially in concentrations higher than 30%. Many adults are seeking less harsh options as well these days. So what’s out there?
Consumer Reports: Best Tick Repellent Products
“In our tests, we found that there are two chemicals that work better and are safer than DEET,” said Trisha Calvo of Consumer Reports. Alternatives include Lemon Eucalyptus oil and synthetic Picaridin. What were the top choices from Consumer Reports?
Good Morning America: Do Tick Sprays Really Work?
Good Morning America asked Fordham University to help the show conduct its own test. Worley exposed herself to ticks without repellent, and then she tried each of the products.
The Lemon Eucalyptus spray definitely kept the ticks away from Worley’s skin. The Picaridin spray also worked very well. That means you can rest assured that these DEET alternatives are still providing effective protection.
GMA: Tick Check + How To Remove Ticks
Especially when you are spending a lot of time outdoors, check your skin and your child’s skin for Ticks on a daily basis. What should you do if you find a Tick?
Twist off the tick and keep an eye out for a bullseye rash. Other symptoms of Lyme Disease can be fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms. Early intervention with antibiotics can prevent the condition from escalating.