Prevention is always the best treatment when it comes to tickborne diseases.  

 

Before heading outdoors: Preventing tick bites

  • Plan to avoid risky areas such as high grass,  brush, and undergrowth.
  • Protect yourself:
    •   Wear long clothing.
    •     Prepare your clothing and gear with solutions such as permethrin. 
    •      Use EPA-registered insect repellents such as Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE)
    •      Be sure to apply proper preventative medication or collars to your pets.
  • Be conscious of children.
    • Prepare your children as vigorously as you do yourself, and always keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t wander into risky areas.

 

After heading back in:

  • Examine clothing, gear, and pets within two hours of coming inside using the guide pictured within.
  • Wash your clothes with hot water and dry them on high heat. Should you miss any ticks embedded in your clothes, the high heat will be sure to eliminate them. 
  • Shower within two hours of coming inside. The hot water and high pressure will safely remove ticks you may have missed, and gives you a chance to do a tick check on your body.
  • Thoroughly check your body by running your fingers over areas that you can’t see without a mirror, like the back of your neck and knees. Do the same for children who have been outdoors. Remember that ticks most often bite when they are no larger than a fleck of black pepper.

Step 1 Grab Base

Use fine-tipped tweezers and grab the tick by the head, as close to the skin as possible, without pinching the skin.

 

 

 

Step 2 Pull Straight U
Pull the tick away from the skin using steady, even pressure. Don’t jerk the tick in fast motions or try to twist the tick out.
 
  • Carefully remove all parts of the tick. If the parts are too small to remove, let the skin heal normally
  • Dispose of the tick in alcohol or a sealed container; flushing it or wrapping it in tape also works. Do not remove the tick with heat, nail polish, or your fingers

 

Step 3 Clean
Wash the area with soap and water or treat with rubbing alcohol after you remove it.

 

 

Step 4 Call Doc
Should you notice a rash around the bite area, or exhibit fever, muscle aches, or other flu-like symptoms in the weeks following the tick bite, consult a physician right away.