Its tick season!! And this year I feel like they are everywhere! There is a misconception that ticks are only found in the woods -- they pretty much live anywhere there is tall grass, shrubs, and trees. But have no fear, you can still enjoy the outdoors!
Cases of tick-related disease are rare, but because ticks can infect humans and animals with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness, it's important that if you find one on anyone or your animals, you remove it immediately and correctly.
Hey, Jenn! Aren't you supposed to be encouraging us to go outdoors, not scaring us with ticks? Haha! Yes! But it's important to be safe too. As I said, disease transmission is rare, but it does happen. I've found plenty of ticks on me and I'm alive and well. If you are concerned about Your state CDC website will usually have information regarding reported cases.
To protect against tick bites light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants should be worn, as well as hats. Insect repellent may also be worn to deter insects. It is important to conduct a tick check of your body after leaving natural areas or areas with high grass and plants.
Insect repellent that contain 20% DEET will repel ticks for a few hours. The CDC recommends treating boots and camping gear with Permethrin to repel ticks as well.
After being in natural area make sure you do a thorough tick check on you, your kids, and your pets. Check Everywhere. Behind the ears, behind the knees, bellybutton, crevices, etc. Everywhere.
If you find a tick on your person or dog and the tick is unattached, remove it with tweezers or flick it off. Really anything that will get it off quickly. Just don't flick it on someone else!
If the tick is attached to the skin, dont panic! Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and slowly pull the tick away from the skin. Try not to twist, jerk, or crush the tick during removal. After removal, wash the bite si,te and your hands with soap and water. Ticks are very hard to kill so I usually put it on a plastic bag and crush it. Keep the (dead) tick in a plastic bag or taped to a piece of paper for a few days. Watch for any redness, swelling, or weird rashes and if you start to see something call your doctor immediately and bring the tick.
I carry tweezers with me in my backpack in case.
That's pretty much it!
I hope ticks don't deter you from enjoying the outdoors, mosquitos on the other hand.....