Tick Information & Prevention of Bites

Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in brushy, wooded, or high grassy areas. They may even be in your own backyard! Ticks can bite you and spread diseases like Lyme disease. There is no vaccine available to protect against Lyme disease or other diseases spread by ticks.Prevention of tick bites begins with you! So remember, if you live, work, or spend leisure time in an area likely to have ticks:

  • Wear a light-colored, long-sleeved shirt with long pants and tuck your pants into your socks.
  • Repellents that contain DEET can be used on your exposed skin. Permethrin is a product that can be used on your clothes. Always follow the product instructions and use repellents with no more than 30% DEET on adults and 10% DEET on children. Never use insect repellents on infants.
  • Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks after coming inside.
  • If you find a tick attached to your skin, don't panic. Use a pair of fine point tweezers to grip the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out with steady pressure.
  • Talk to your doctor if you develop a rash where you were bitten or experience symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue, or sore and aching muscles.
 

For further information on preventing tick bites and diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease, follow the links below or contact the Board of Health.

Mosquitoes and Ticks - They're Out in Mass! (MDPH website)

Tick Identification Card

Recognizing and Avoiding Tick-borne Illness

 

Public Health Fact Sheet on Lyme Disease

American Lyme Disease Foundation Website
http://www.aldf.com