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Tick Information

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Important steps to help avoid ticks:

  1. Eliminate and prevent rodents around your home to reduce contact with tick infected rodents.
  2. Wear light colored clothing, including long sleeve shirts and pants when outside. Light colored clothing will make ticks more easily seen on clothing before they have a chance to attach to the skin.
  3. Tuck pants into socks and shirts into pants to cover skin as much as possible.
  4. Use tick repellents containing DEET before entering areas where ticks are potentially found. Repellents containing more than 30% DEET are unnecessary. Using repellent is especially important during the summer months when ticks are more active. NEVER USE REPELLENTS ON INFANTS AND AVOID GETTING IT INTO CHILDREN’S EYES.
  5. Persons should inspect their clothing and skin, as well as their children’s, following a possible tick exposure. Ticks often attach to exposed hairy regions of the body (e.g. head and neck), therefore special attention should be given to these areas when inspecting for ticks.
  6. Anyone spending a prolonged amount of time outdoors or in the woods should perform tick inspections at periodic intervals more frequently.
  7. If a tick is found on the body, prompt tick removal (See below for instructions on tick removal) is important.
  8. Pets should be inspected for ticks daily, and if a tick is found it should be removed promptly as well.
  9. If any evidence of a tick bite is noticed call your physician immediately for assistance.

Instructions for Tick Removal:

  1. Remove the tick as soon as possible.
  2. Use tweezers, grab the tick’s mouth parts close to the skin and pull the tick straight out (tick removal pictures - Picture 1 Picture 2).
  3. Do not squeeze the tick’s body when removing it and do not handle the tick with bare hands.
  4. If there is a concern about incomplete tick removal, please contact your physician.
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