Remove your clothes
nito/Shutterstock Don’t step foot in the house if you’ve been in an area with ticks. Take off your shoes and socks and shake them outside. Remove as many articles of clothing as you can before going inside, then tumble dry for at least 10 minutes to kill any ticks that may have been hanging on. Find out the 13 secrets ticks would never tell you.
Take a shower
BaLL LunLa/Shutterstock If you’ve been outdoors, especially in areas prone to ticks such as heavily wooded areas, grassy, or brushy places, or even yards with piles of leaves, it’s a good idea to hop in the shower to rinse off any ticks that may be crawling on your body. This will prevent them from having time to latch on to your skin for a bite. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that showering within two hours of being outside has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease, a tickborne illness.