Golfers and Ticks

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

The last thing on most golfers’ minds when they head out to play is tick safety and prevention.

Chip Krause says, "A lot of people when they see a golf course they see how beautifully manicured it is, so they think that would be a poor place to find a tick. Actually there are a lot of rough areas and out of bound areas where ticks do make their homes. So if you lose your ball, you could end up in these areas where ticks are going to be."

Chip Krause is with the Barren River District Health Department. He says there are some things golfers can do to prevent getting tick bites.

Krause says, "A lot of people pretty much don't think about it, but one thing you can do is pretty much the same thing you would do to keep mosquitoes from biting you. That's using an insect repellent that has DEET."

Wearing white or other light colors helps too because ticks show up and can be brushed off. Tucking your pants into your socks is also a good way to stay tick-free.

Krause says, "You might not be the coolest person on the course, but at least you'll be protected from ticks."

Krause says golfers and others that participate in outdoor activities should check for ticks every night.

Krause says, "Go through and run your fingers through your hair and check your ears and behind your ears and everywhere to make sure there are no ticks."

If you do find a tick, use tweezers and grab as close to the skin as possible. Gently pull the tick out and clean the area with soap and water.

For more information on ticks and tick-transmitted diseases visit these Web sites:

http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef618.htm
http://www.cdc.gov
http://www.cap.org/apps/cap.portal


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