Ticks give me the creeps. I’ve heard that ticks fall out of trees and that you should wear a hat so they won’t get in your hair. Is this true?
Ticks do not fall out of trees and wearing a hat will not prevent you from getting a tick. Ticks cling to grasses and brush while extending its front legs to grab a passing animal or person. They crawl up your leg and body until they find a nice place to attach themselves. Ticks are neither insects nor spiders, but are in a group related closely to mites. The best method of prevention is wearing repellent with DEET as the active ingredient and checking for ticks before they become attached. You can also tuck your pant cuffs into your socks and wear light colored clothing. It’s easier to see ticks on light colored clothes than dark clothes.
If you do have a tick attached to you, grasp the tick close to your skin with tweezers. Pull the tick straight out. Save the tick if possible. Entomologists at Iowa State University want to determine where certain ticks live in Iowa and if ticks have Lyme disease. If you find a tick, wrap it in tissue, add a small drop of water, and place in a sealed zip lock bag. Send it to: Department of Entomology, Lyme Disease Project, 440 Science II, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011. They will send you a postcard telling you what species of tick you have found.