Protect yourself and your family from ticks

Dress Appropriately

  • Wear light colored clothing. 
  • Cover wrists and ankles. Tuck pants into socks and opt for long-sleeves. 
  • Wear clothing made with Insect Shield technology. 
    Spray it. Spray your outdoor clothing with Permethrin, which kills ticks on contact. Never spray it on skin. 
  • Wear insect repellant with at least 20% DEET (to repel ticks for at least 4 hours). Spray it on outdoors. Wash off when you come go in. 

Watch it

  • Know your surroundings 
  • Avoid tall grasses and humid, wooded, leaf-littered areas. 
  • Do not sit on logs 
  • Stay on trails 
  • Ticks live in yards and parks too. 

Tick check it

  • Check yourself and your family for ticks! 
  • Shower after being outdoors to wash off ticks that have not attached. 
  • Put your clothing into the dryer on high heat for 10-15 minutes (when coming indoors). Heat kills ticks.

Tick check

  • Check for ticks after being outdoors. 
  • Check sides of body 
  • Groin area 
  • Back of your knee 
  • Under armpits 
  • Back of neck 
  • Tight places (belt area, watch strap, underneath hairline) 
    Check pets too! 

Make tick checks a part of your daily routine. Check yourself and your family every night before dressing for bed.

Tick removal and testing

  • Remove tick immediately 
  • Use pointy tip tweezers 
  • Grab tick close to skin and use slow, steady motion to pull tick upward and away from the skin. 
  • Do not twist, jerk or agitate the tick while removing. 
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water. 
  • Identify tick 
  • Save or flush down the toilet 
  • Consider having the tick tested for harmful diseases.

Call your doctor

  • If a tick has been attached for more than 24 hours (Transmission time is debatable, use your best judgment.) 
  • If you are not able to remove a tick. 

Manage your property

  • Ticks are not only in the woods; they are IN YOUR BACKYARD! 
  • Start by putting distance between tick habitat and people habitat. 
  • Keep play sets away from woodland edges 
  • Keep grass mowed 
  • Clear leaf litter and brush 
  • Build fences to keep deer out 
  • Let the sunshine in. Ticks don’t like dry, sunny places. 
  • Consider using acaricides (tick-killing pesticides)

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Treating Clothing with Repellent

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