Prevention and Control:
∑ Avoid tick habitats:
- moist shaded environments
- areas with leaf litter and low-lying vegetation in wooded, brushy or overgrown grassy areas
∑ Use personal protection measures :
- Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily spotted.
- Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks or boots to prevent ticks from reaching
† your skin.
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET to clothes and exposed skin.
∑ Perform a tick check and remove attached ticks:
- Infection from the bacteria causing Lyme Disease is unlikely to occur before 36 hours of tick
† attachment.† Therefore, daily tick checks are important.
- Promptly remove any attached tick you find with fine tipped tweezers.† Grasp the tick firmly
† and as closely to the skin as possible.† Pull the tickís body away from the skin with a steady
- Do not be alarmed if the tickís mouth parts remain in the skin, this will not increase the risk of
† disease transmission. †
- Cleanse the area with alcohol or an antiseptic.
- DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove ticks.
∑ Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms following a tick bite:
- bullís-eye rash
- muscle or joint aches
References:† www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/prevent.htm† 05-31-05