Protect yourself

Protect yourself and your family with proven strategies to prevent tick bites. Clothing-only repellents and daily checks are among the most effective to prevent yourself from getting a tick-borne disease.Remember to be prepared every summer at camp!

Did you know you can turn your own favorite clothes into tick repellent clothes?

Daily Tick Checks

Tick Check and Tick Removal

The simplest way to protect yourself is to remove a tick before it has a chance to transmit disease-causing pathogens. Ticks can attach anywhere, in particular, they will find spots like: the back of your knee, around waistbands, under armpits or any other constricted place. Anytime after you have been in tick habitat you should thoroughly check your entire body and remove attached ticks immediately. Once attached, ticks DO NOT wash off in the shower.

Get a head start on where to check your body for ticks with our Tick Bite Locator and make sure you know what to look for with a TickSmart™ Daily TickCheck Shower Card.

Tick-Protective Dress

Protective Dress

What you wear when working or playing could reduce your chances of tick bites. Remember: Ticks start LOW and crawl UP; ticks do not jump, fly or drop from trees, they are down on the ground and crawl up until they find a good spot to attach. Tucking pant legs into socks is a good way to keep ticks on the outside where they may be seen or get brushed off.

Should I Wear Tick Repellent Clothing? Find answers to this and the top three associated questions people ask about tick repellent clothing :

  • Does it work?
  • Is it safe?
  • Where can I get it?

Summer Camp Clothing : Tick Bite Protection With Permethrin-Treated Summer Clothing.

Clothing-Only Repellents

Personal Repellents Spraying Pants

Repellents play an integral part in your personal protection strategy. Repellents containing DEET are not sufficient to protect against tick bites. DEET only repels ticks to areas where they could bite and even that little protection does not last long. PERMETHRIN kills ticks on contact. Clothing only repellents that contain Permethrin are very effective and provide long-lasting protection. The best protection you can achieve is by using a repellent that contains Permethrin on your clothes and one that contains DEET for your skin.

Watch videos about applying clothing-only repellent and how well Permethrin treated clothing repels and kills ticks.

Tick Repellent Clothing!

Insect Shield Apparel

Explore ways to protect yourself and your family by using repellent, clothing with repellent's built-in, and simple, yet effective, daily tick checks.

Now, there is an important new way to help keep children and camp staff protected from biting ticks while enjoying outdoor adventures at summer camp. Always wear clothing that is pre-treated with an effective tick repellent, it makes tick-bite prevention easy. And for peace of mind while kids are away at summer camp, why not make all of their clothes treated clothes. The protection is odorless, invisible and lasts through 70 washings. Insect Shield clothes - the tick repellent they'll love to wear (and so will you)!

Stand Up Against Lyme : URI Almuni Affinity Chapter

Stand Up Against Lyme

We've launched StandUpAgainstLyme.org, a new URI Almuni Affinity Chapter! Our goal is to allow URI Alumni to stand up and be counted against the spread of tick-borne disease. We strongly urge you to visit the new site and submit your story.

How many URI alums have had Lyme disease? Can we join together to help get some relief? Will our collective voices, when bundled with those of thousands of other victims, prompt political action finally leading to solutions to the tick problem? We hope you'll accept this invitation -- to STAND UP and be COUNTED -- as one who has been impacted by ticks and the diseases they carry.

Not URI Alumni? We'd still like to hear from you with any questions you may have or if you're willing to support this cause! If you're not a URI Alumni, this is a brand new initiative and we're still exploring how to best involve people not affiliated with the university.

Stand Up Against Lyme

Tell us your story : StandUpAgainstLyme.org