Q: I keep getting attacked by ticks on hikes! What can I do?
— Kevin, Nevada, Iowa

A: Try to stay in the middle of well-established trails. Ticks like to climb up your legs, so as soon as you go walking through tall grasses or bushwhacking through the brush, you’re bound to get some ticks hitching a ride.

If you know you’re going to encounter tick-heavy areas, wear long pants tucked into tall socks and a long-sleeved shirt. Also, use bug repellent with 10-to 30-percent concentration of DEET. Once you’re home, take a shower and do a full tick check. Be sure to wash your clothes and dry them in the dryer — the high heat will kill any remaining ticks.

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