Tick and Mosquito Exposure Prevention

The Burlington Board of Health ecourages citizens to prevent exposure to ticks and mosquitoes.  In the warmer weather ticks and mosquitoes re-appear and now is a good time to think about eliminating and minimizing exposure risk.  Ticks are commonly found in tall grass, shrubs, leaves, vegetation as well as on pets.  Mosquitoes can easily breed in standing water from places such as ditches, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets and wading pools.  Keeping one's yard groomed and free of standing water will reduce risk by reducing the areas ticks and mosquitoes are found. Mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn whereas ticks are active all day long.  Attention to clothing and insect repellent can deter these pests from biting.  Wearing long sleeves, pants and socks of light colored clothing helps reduce the risk of skin exposure.  Staying on trails and limiting outdoor time to before dusk and after dawn will also reduce risk. Use of an insect repellent with DEET or permethrin, according to labeled instructions, is advised for use against both ticks and mosquitoes.  Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaradin, or IR 3535 will not repel ticks.  It is essential after being outdoors to check oneself for ticks.  For more information regarding ticks and mosquitoes, visit the Board of Health's webpage with mosquito information.

 Additional Information:

Tick Information
General
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/ticks/public-health-cdc-tickborne-overview.html
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/ticks/

Prevention
http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=4854867
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/s-u/tick-repellents.pdf

Tick Testing
http://tickspraying.com/Tick_Testing_MA.html
http://www.imugen.com/tick_testing.html

Tick Borne Diseases

Lyme:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/j-l/lyme.pdf

Tularemia:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/s-u/tularemia.pdf

Rocky Mountian Spotted Fever:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/p-r/rmsf.pdf

Babebosis:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/a-c/babesiosis.pdf

Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis:  http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/a-c/anaplasmosis-hga.pdf