Personal protective measures against tick bites
Tick-borne diseases prevention
The risk of tick-borne infections is reduced by avoiding tick bites and removing ticks from the body. Ticks live on the ground and climb 20 to 70 cm onto grasses and bushes where they find hosts with the help of temperature-sensitive cells. The bite is painless, and often you will not sense a tick moving on your skin.
The best ways to avoid tick bites are to:
- use insect repellent on exposed skin;
- wear protective clothing with long sleeves and long trousers tucked into socks or boots; and
- treat socks and trouser legs with permethrin-containing insecticide.
Remove ticks from your skin immediately. Ticks prefer soft skin and hairy areas. Always inspect the entire body for ticks after outdoor activities and remove ticks by pulling them straight out with tweezers or a specially designed tick removal tool, or use your fingers if you do not have the appropriate tools at hand.
How to prevent tick bites? Information materials
Poster on ticks and preventive measures, for children living in endemic areas (Short version)
Communication toolkit on tick-borne diseases and preventive measures
This toolkit aims to assist EU Member States in devising communication activities to raise awareness about the health threats related to ticks, as well as promoting preventive measures to reduce the risk of developing tick-borne diseases. The toolkit targets children, travellers, the general public, and health practitioners.