Tick Awareness

Why you need to protect yourself against ticks and how:

With tick borne diseases on the rise, protecting yourself, your family and your pets from ticks is important. By being aware and taking steps to prevent tick bites, you can enjoy the outdoors stress free.

Tick Facts

  • Tick habitat is in shady, damp, brushy, wooded areas including shrubs and gardens.
  • Ticks cannot jump or fly.  They attach to people, pets, or other animals that brush up against them.
  • Nymph stage ticks are mostly found at ground level.  Adult stage ticks can be found up to a couple feet off the ground on vegetation.

Tick Bite Prevention

  • Do a tick check after coming inside and tumble-dry clothes for 20 minutes.
  • Wearing light-colored clothing makes it easier to see ticks.
  • Use repellents; read and follow all label instructions.  There are two types of repellent;  Products containing DEET may be used on skin.  Products containing Permethrin may be used on clothing, not skin.  Use Permethrin to treat clothing (active for 6 washings) or purchase pre treated clothing (active through 70 washings).

Tick Removal

  • Using pointy tweezers, grasp the tick by the head (as shown) and pull straight up. Avoid twisting.
  • DO NOT USE: matches, cigarettes, petroleum jelly, gasoline, nail polish remover, etc.
  • After removing tick, apply anticeptic to bite area.
  • Note date when tick was removed.
  • Save tick for identification and testing.   Testing can be performed for all major diseases.  Click on the picture below for more information about testing your tick:
I want to test my tick

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Tick

Also called black legged ticks, they can transmit the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, Powassan and relapsing fever.

 

Lone Star Tick

Lone Star can transmit the pathogens that cause Erlichciosis, STARI and tularemia.  In addition, the bite of a lone star tick can cause an allergy to red meat!  Yikes!!!

 

Dog Tick

Dog Tick can transmit the pathogens that cause tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

 

 

 

 

Useful Resources:


 

 

 

MA Department of Public Health

Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment

 

Our video on ticks, prevention and care: