1. Block ticks' entry by tucking everything in! Tuck your trousers into your socks. Tuck your T-shirt into your trousers. And so on.
2. Spray your skin with insect repellent, BUT FIRST, check the label to make sure it’s effective against ticks, because not all of them are.
3. Spray your clothes with permethrin. This is especially important if you go camping – you can buy permethrin in camping shops and also clothes which have been pre-treated with it.
4. Sit on a blanket or groundsheet, not on the grass.
5. Put your clothes and blanket in the tumble dryer for 20 minutes when you get home. This kills ticks.
6. Check yourself and your pet every 4 hours while outside, or when you get in. Ticks like warm, soft skin, but you need to look everywhere, including inside your clothes. These little arachnids have powers akin to Spiderman and can walk anywhere inside your clothing without you feeling a thing.
7. Have someone else look for ticks on the parts you cannot see, especially the back of your neck, behind your ears and even around your hairline.
8. If you find a tick feeding from you, do not delay removing it. The longer ticks are attached, the higher the risk of catching Lyme disease.
9. Pull ticks off using a tick remover tool or narrow, pointed tweezers. If you don't have anything better, scrape the tick off sideways using a credit card. Do not squeeze or pester the tick in any way, as this will squirt bacteria from its stomach into your body.