Ticks

Ticks can spread disease.

  • Common symptoms of tickborne disease include fatigue, weakness, chills, diahrrea, fever, muscle aches, dry cough, rash, vomiting and joint pain.
  • If you think you have a tickborne disease, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Ticks can be in wooded or brush areas.
  • Ticks are found in grass, wooded areas, leaf piles and overgrown brush areas
  • They crawl onto ends of grass, sticks, weeds or branches and wait for a person or animal to brush up against them and then latch on.

Protect yourself from ticks.

  •  Use insect repellant such as DEET, picaridin or permethrin.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially when in wooded or brush areas.

Protect your pets from ticks.

  •  Talk to your veterinarian about tick prevention products for your pet like Frontline or Advantixx.
  • Check your pets and their bedding often after being outdoors.

Check for ticks.

  •  Check you body and clothes often during and after outdoor adventures.
  • Check a friend and have friend check you.
  • Shower or bath soon after outdoor adventures.

Remove ticks properly.

  • Grasp tick as close to skin as possible with tweezers.
  • Gently pull away from skin with steady, even pressure until tick releases.
  • Don’t crush tick with tweezers or fingers.
  • Dispose in alcohol, sealed bag, wrap in tape or flush down toilet.
  • Wash hands and bite area with alcohol or soap and water.
  • If reporting the tick, take a photo or keep tick in alcohol or sealed bag.