How to Avoid Ticks While Hiking and Trail Running
Hiking and running on trails in the great outdoors is a favorite activity of pet owners and their pets worldwide. After all, nothing beats getting away from the city to enjoy scenic vistas and sunshine. Unfortunately, trails and surrounding areas can pose a number of risks for runners, hikers, bikers, and pets. Among these risks are ticks, which can latch on to skin and fur and spread a number of diseases once they have bitten. If you are avid trail enthusiast, you'll want to know how to prevent ticks from taking hold of you or your pet while you're out on the trails. On this page, our team here at TickZapper® will show you how. Read on to learn how to avoid ticks while hiking and trail running, and find more information on TickZapper®, our effective and easy-to-use tick removal tool, in the sections below.
Tick Prevention Tips for the Trails
If you're hiking or running on trails away from human development, you're at a heightened risk for tick exposure. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to avoid ticks while hiking and prevent them from latching on to you or your pet. Take these steps to stay tick-free on the trails this season.
- Wear long clothing whenever possible. This tip can be a bit hard to follow, since many of us choose to take to the trails in the hot summer months. However, if the weather permits, you'll want to wear long sleeve shirts and pants to prevent ticks from accessing your skin.
- Apply bug spray or tick medication. Applying bug spray before you begin a run or hike will dissuade ticks from latching on to your body. If you're running or hiking with a pet, we highly recommend investing in Frontline or another tick medication to lower the chances of tick bites on your furry friend.
- Stick to the trails. Ticks prefer tall grass and other dense vegetation. These environments allow them to climb and spread their limbs in order to latch onto passing animals that may rub against grass or other foliage. By sticking to the trails, which are usually devoid of grass or other plants, you'll drastically lower your chances of a tick bite. (To keep your pets on the trails, you'll likely want to use a leash while you hike or run.)
- Shower and inspect after each hike or run. After you've finished your hike or run, it's important to go home and inspect your body (and your pet's) for signs of ticks. Taking a shower is also a good way to potentially remove any bugs that have yet to bite your body. In the event that you do find a tick that has taken hold in your pet, you can use TickZapper® for fast and effective tick removal. Learn more below.
Highly-Effective "No-Hands" Pet Tick Removal With TickZapper®
Even with the best preventative measures taken, tick bites still happen out on the trails — especially for pets. Take care of them quickly and effectively with TickZapper®. Revolutionary TickZapper® is the only tool that removes the entire tick (including mouthparts!) – quickly, easily, and safely – without risk of human contact! To use, simply grab the tick with your TickZapper®'s specially-designed jaws, hit the STUN button to make the tick release its hold, and pull to remove the tick and trap it in the tick chamber. Using TickZapper® takes mere seconds, and can save your pet from a number of unwanted tick-borne diseases.