Ticks transmit a number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, Relapsing Fever and Lyme disease. It is important to understand how to avoid tick exposure.

Prevention Tips:

  • Avoid places where ticks are likely to be found, such as under tree cover.

    Three small ticks on a fingertip.

    Four small ticks on a fingertip. Photo credit: fairfaxcounyFoter/CC/BY/ND.jpg

  • When in tick infested areas, make sure children wear long sleeve shirts with the cuffs buttoned. Tuck pant legs inside boots or socks. A cap or hat is a good idea as well.

Tick Repellents:

  • You can spray a chemical called Permethrin on clothing to reduce the possibility of ticks attaching. However, be careful not to spray it on skin.
  • Products containing DEET can be applied to skin, but these must be administered every 1 to 2 hours. Use such products only as directed.

Check Carefully After Being Outdoors:

  • Check carefully for ticks after returning from the woods. Look especially at the neck, head, and the area behind the ears.
  • Remove any ticks brought home with fine tweezers. Grasp the tick close to the skin and gently pull it straight out. Do not use a twisting motion.
  • Remember to keep your pets tick free. Consult a veterinarian on the best way to do so.

Keep in Mind: In addition to being uncomfortable, ticks can transmit many diseases. Pay attention to removing them and, as often as possible, leave them in the woods where they belong.