Be On the Lookout for Ticks

DHHS Has Precautions You Can Take to Prevent Tick Bites

Whether you’re camping, hiking, doing yard work or just going for a stroll, you need to take precautions against tickbourne illnesses such as Lyme disease.

We’re right in the thick of tick season, and the state Department of Health and Human Services has some precautions to prevent tick bites:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter

  • Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks

  • Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)

  • Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets, especially after being outdoors

  • Consult with your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets

  • Shower soon after returning indoors to wash or rinse off any unattached ticks

  • Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf litter, and minimizing habitat or food sources for deer and rodents, which can carry ticks

  • Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash anywhere on you

You can check out DHHS’ detailed prevention plan here. We also urge you to check out this helpful NHPR infographic regarding ticks.

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