Tick Safety & Prevention. Ticks can spread lyme disease and lyme co-infections.

Know Your Ticks

While there are many different species of ticks, the most common are the Blacklegged Tick (commonly known as a deer tick), the American Dog Tick ,and the Lone Star Tick. 

Blacklegged Tick American Dog Tick Lonestar Tick

Blacklegged Tick

American Dog Tick

Lone Star Tick

While all ticks pose health risks of some kind, the Blacklegged tick can be the most dangerous because it is known to transmit Lyme Disease. 

Got a bite? What to look for after a tick bite

While most tick bites don't require any medical treatment, some ticks can transmit diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme Disease and possible co-infections such as the Powassan Virus. If you have experienced a tick on you, look out for: 

  • An expanding rash, usually solid red-pink in color but sometimes has a bull's eye appearance (this is a sign of Lyme)
  • Red dots on the ankles and wrists
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting and muscle and joint aches

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should follow the next steps: 

  • If the tick is still attached, use fine-tipped tweezers, get as close to the skin as possible and pull up. Do not squeeze the belly of the tick and do not apply heat or petroleum jelly to the tick as these methods may enhance the likelihood of infection.
  • Seek medical care to discuss the tick bite and whether treatment is needed. The longer the tick is attached, the greater likelihood of infection transmission. If a rash or symptoms develop, go to a doctor immediately for evaluation.

Preventing the Bite

While it is impossible to completely prevent a tick related incident from happening, follow these steps to prevent any illness.

  • After kids play outside, check their skin, and hair - especially the scalp, behind the ears, and neck. Also check under the arms and behind the knees and legs. 
  • To remove unattached ticks, bathe and shower as quickly as possible after coming indoors. 
  • Use insect repellents on the skin that contain either DEET (20-30%) or IR3535 or Picaridin
  • Spray your clothes with products containing permethrin (not on skin or eyes); this will repel and kill ticks and last over 30 washes.

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