10 best tick remedies for humans
With the onset of spring, ticks attack people in forests, parks and even summer cottages. For radical protection, you can get vaccinated to prevent and treat the consequences of a tick bite. But vaccination will not be cheap, especially since there are now enough effective and inexpensive means of ticks on sale.one.
Rating of the top 10 inexpensive and effective remedies for ticks for humans
1. Destructive power Antiklesch 3 in 1
The remedy lives up to its name, since ticks and other insects die when they meet with it, and do not flee. The spray is designed to protect a person from ticks, mosquitoes, mosquitoes and midges.
Due to the strong concentration of the damaging substance, the drug should never be applied to the skin, but only to clothes and shoes. Clothes need to be treated thoroughly, but the effect lasts for a long time: up to 15 days for ticks and up to 5 days for flying bloodsuckers.
Caution should be used for people with skin diseases and hypersensitivity to the chemical components of the spray.
Aerosol Gardex Extreme contains essential oils of geranium and fir and paralyzes ticks and other blood-sucking insects — mosquitoes, midges, mosquitoes, fleas, horseflies, midges. When applied to clothing, it provides protection against ticks for up to 5 days and up to 30 days from flying bloodsuckers. If you apply the drug on the skin, then its effect lasts for 4 hours. Also, the aerosol can be sprayed on a mosquito net or tent fabric, and then the insects will not interfere with rest.
3. Mosquitall Professional Protection
An agent with an enhanced formula, designed to repel not only forest and taiga ticks, but also many flying bloodsuckers (mosquitoes, horseflies, midges, midges, mosquitoes, fleas). It is necessary to apply the product on clothes, not sparing that it is soaked. Then the effect will last a very long time: from ticks — up to 5 days, from other blood-sucking insects — up to 30 days. In this case, it is necessary to wait until things are completely dry, you can not wear them wet. When applied to the skin, the drug is effective for more than 4 hours. Aerosol is approved for use by pregnant women and children from 3 years
4. Reftamid Antiklesch Extra
This inexpensive remedy for ticks acts on them in a paralyzing way — upon contact with the spray, the insect loses the ability to move, and dies after 5 minutes. Duration of action — up to 15 days. It is necessary to process clothes not on the go, once in the forest, but in advance, avoiding contact with the skin. Even slight contact can cause allergic reactions and discomfort.
5. Medilis Comfort
Spray “Medilis Comfort” repels and kills forest and taiga ticks, as well as various blood-sucking insects. When applied to clothing, the product retains its properties for up to 20 days. The processing of clothes and shoes is carried out in the open air, after which things should dry out for 2 hours. You can also spray ticks on mosquito nets and camping gear.
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6. Picnic Extreme 5 in 1
Spray can with a pleasant aroma of vanilla and eucalyptus oil in the composition is designed to repel forest and taiga ticks, as well as midges, mosquitoes, horseflies and fleas. The drug retains its protective properties for up to 15 days. You can apply the spray both on the skin (the main thing is not to rub it!), And on clothes, spraying from a distance of 20–25 cm until lightly moistened. Time of protective action: from blood-sucking insects when applied to the skin — more than 4 hours, when applied to clothing — up to 30 days. From ticks when applied to clothing — up to 5 days.
7. Ram Antiklesch
Water emulsion “Taran Antiklesh” is designed to protect against ixodid ticks (carriers of tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease) and fleas. “Taran” kills insects immediately after they get on the treated clothes, but it can not be applied to the skin.
Tick repellent for humans is water-based, odorless, sticks well to clothing and leaves no residue. The effect of treatment with this remedy can last up to a month. One bottle of 100 ml is enough for 3–5 sets of clothes, which should be processed only on the street or in a well-ventilated area.
Aerosol OFF! Extreme does not kill, but only repels insects: ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, midges, horseflies, mosquitoes. However, its effectiveness is immediately noticeable — you can safely enjoy outdoor recreation without fear of being bitten by harmful insects.
This remedy for human ticks can be applied both to the skin and to clothes and shoes. On clothes, the agent lasts up to 5 days, and on the skin — for 4–8 hours. The manufacturer notes that the product is not suitable for children, pregnant women and people with sensitive skin.
Spray “Anti-Gnus” effectively repels ticks, mosquitoes and midges. The drug is approved for use in adults and children from 6 years of age, as it rarely causes allergic reactions and is quite safe. But lactating and pregnant women, as well as people with skin diseases, the remedy should be used with caution.
“Anti-Gnus” can be applied both to the skin (if there is no irritation or damage) or to clothing. When applied to the skin, it retains its protective properties against ticks for about 4 hours, on clothes — up to 5 days.
10. DEET Aqua Spray
A water-based spray with fir oil repels ticks, mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects. The smell disappears after 15 minutes. For skin treatment, the aerosol is not sprayed all over the body, but sprayed into the palm of the hand and applied with light movements to open areas of the body. The product leaves no residue and provides reliable protection against insects for 6 hours. Aerosol can be used for children from 6 years.
How to choose a remedy for ticks for humans
When choosing an effective tick remedy for a person, you need to consider how much time you are going to spend in the forest or other places where there is a high risk of meeting a bloodsucker. For example, deterrent repellents (they are based on the chemical DEET) last for several hours. They are also effective against mosquitoes, midges and other flying blood-sucking insects.
Tick remedies with a paralyzing effect contain the more toxic component alphacypermethrin. It not only paralyzes, but also destroys ticks without losing effectiveness for several days (up to two weeks). It is applied exclusively to clothing, and it should not be on a person at the time of processing. There are also combined preparations that contain both active ingredients. They also cannot be applied to the skin.2.
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Reviews of specialists about tick remedies for humans
- Protection against ticks is very important, because a tick is not just a bloodsucker, the consequences of a bite of which will quickly pass, but also a carrier of encephalitis and Lyme disease. It is necessary to choose protective equipment, taking into account recommendations and contraindications, so as not to harm yourself. And the treatment should be carried out according to the instructions: if it is indicated that it is necessary to avoid applying the product to open areas of the body, then apply it only to clothing and equipment. In addition, it must be borne in mind that most deterrent repellents expire after a few hours.
If you linger in a potentially dangerous place longer than expected, the treatment must be repeated. But it must be borne in mind that even a strong agent does not guarantee one hundred percent protection against a tick if it found a loophole somewhere and took the opportunity to stick to the skin, — clarifies toxicologist Mikhail Kutushov.
Popular questions and answers
How to protect yourself from ticks and other popular questions is answered by toxicologist Mikhail Kutushov.
How to protect yourself from ticks with folk remedies?
Rub oil on exposed areas of the body, mixing it with water at a ratio of half a teaspoon to 100 ml of water. But do not forget that these funds act as repellents, and their aroma weakens over time.
Foresters and hunters use a more brutal way. It is based on the fact that forest ants are enemies of ticks. Here formic acid is used as a natural repellent: they take off their outer clothing, put it on an anthill for 10–15 minutes, then shake off the ants that have run up and boldly go into the forest. An alternative may be formic alcohol, which is sold in pharmacies.
But none of these methods cancels the important rule of equipment: when going to the forest, we put on high shoes, put on long pants and shirts / sweaters so that the body is as closed as possible. On the head — a headdress. For more insurance, you can put elastic bands on the bottom of the sleeves and pants. After the walk, be sure to inspect yourself.
How to recognize an encephalitic tick or not?
What happens after an encephalitic tick bite?
• elevated body temperature — from 37.9 to 39 degrees;
• nausea, vomiting, weakness, loss of appetite;
• dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, lowering blood pressure;
• pain in the joints and muscles, as after heavy physical exertion;
• chills and headache3.
As the encephalitis develops, it manifests itself in the form of:
• lesions of the meninges with severe headache, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, photophobia:
• fever with general intoxication;
• impairment of vision, hearing and speech;
• hallucinations and delusions (severe form of encephalitis);
• damage to the nervous structures, leading to impaired movement and loss of sensitivity.
The first symptoms of tick-borne encephalitis are often confused with acute respiratory infections and do not go to the doctor. Self-medication can be fatal. That is why an increase in temperature after a tick bite is a reason to immediately consult a doctor.
- Scientific basis for the development of personal protective equipment for people from the attack of ixodid ticks — carriers of dangerous diseases. N.I. Shashin. Moscow, 2007
- How to choose and apply a repellent. Research Institute of Disinfectology of Rospotrebnadzor. https://niid.ru/s/210/files/info/kleschi/129904_482.pdf
- Etiology, clinical manifestations, treatment and prevention of tick-borne encephalitis. Gaivoronskaya A.G., Galitskaya M.G., Namazova-Baranova L.S. Journal “Pediatric Pharmacology”, 2013. https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/etiologiya-klinicheskie-proyavleniya-lechenie-i-profilaktika-kleschevogo-entsefalita/viewer