Tag: ticks

Avoid Ticks with Insect Repellent

The best way to avoid tick bites is to use an insect repellent containing 20% to 30% of the active ingredient DEET. Other effective repellents are available, but DEET is easily recognized on the label in the list of ingredients.“In addition to using DEET, people should do careful tick checks of... more
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A tick on the skin doesn’t guarantee Lyme disease.

A lot of times when you find a tick and remove it, that’s all you need, because it hasn’t attached or hasn’t been on long enough to pass an infectious agent especially for Lyme disease, you need at least 24 hours, but more likely 48 hours, for them to engorge, and it’s the engorged tick... more
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Create a Tick-safe Zone to Reduce Blacklegged Ticks in the Yard

Here are some simple landscaping techniques that can help reduce blacklegged tick populations: Remove leaf litter. Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns. Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick... more
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Preventing ticks on your pets

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for most of the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your... more
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How ticks find their hosts

Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals´ breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. Some species can even recognize a shadow. In addition, ticks pick a place to wait by identifying well-used paths. Then they wait for a host, resting on the tips of grasses and... more
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Tick Removal

If you find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic—the key is to remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers work very well. How to remove a tick Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the... more
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Check your body for ticks after being outdoors.

Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks: Under the arms In and around the ears Inside... more
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Tick Prevention Tip after being outdoors

Shower within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check. By:... more
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Check your clothing for ticks

Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first,... more
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Tick Precautions before You Go Outdoors

Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear. Use Environmental Protection Agency... more
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