Tick safety

Health Department offers these tips to Be Tick Smart as of 6/17:

 

Protect

  • Use an EPA-registered tick repellent on skin
  • Apply permethrin to clothing
  • Wear light-colored pants and long sleeves

 

Check

  • Perform daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets
  • Shower soon after spending time outdoors

 

Remove

  • Use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin
  • Pull the tick straight up, do not twist
  • Wash hands and bite area with soap and water
  • Put clothing into the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat

 

Watch 

  • Symptoms may include fever, headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue or a rash soon after a tick bite. Not all people with Lyme disease report a rash
  • Symptoms may begin as soon as three days after a tick bite, but can appear as long as 30 days after a bite
  • Contact your health care provider if you develop any of these symptoms

 

Go to healthvermont.gov/BeTickSmart for facts about tickborne diseases in Vermont, to see a video to learn how to safely remove a tick, and to order educational and awareness materials like booklets, cards and stickers.

 

The Health Department’s Tick Tracker allows people to go online and report where they encounter ticks. This crowd sourced tool provides a way to collect and share anecdotal information about where, and what kind of ticks people find. Launch the Tick Tracker at healthvermont.gov/tracking/tick-tracker.

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