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Watch for Small Creatures that Cause Big Problems

Microscopic creatures, like ticks, can cause some of the biggest
health problems.  This is the case when
it comes to the feared Lymes Disease.  Tick populations appear to
be thriving after last fall’s dry weather and this season’s wet, humid
weather.  That's why we're providing Tick Facts to help protect your family. 

A bacteria-infected deer tick must attach itself to a body for 36-48
hours.  The young deer tick, generally in
the nymph stage of development, is often the culprit because it’s so small.  Larger ticks can go undetected, too, because
they find sneaky hiding spots. 

After working outside, especially in wooded areas, be sure to examine
your clothing.  It’s also important to
check all around your head and ear, as well as in your hair including under
your arms.  Also look inside your belly
button!  If you find a tick, follow the
steps below to remove it. 

How to remove a tick

  1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as
    close to the skin's surface as possible.
     
  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't
    twist or jerk the tick as this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and
    remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you’re
    unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let
    the skin heal.
  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the
    bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and
    water.

Within 3 to 30 days of bite, you may experience fever, body
aches, chills, extreme fatigue and swollen lymph glands.  Since everyone’s immune response can be
different, you may or may not experience this.  

Another notorious symptom is the bull’s eye rash.  Generally, 80% of people will get this but
there is a slight chance you could have Lymes without a rash.  If you exhibit symptoms of Lymes Disease – especially
with a bull’s eye rash – promptly see your doctor and get a blood test.  The longer you delay, the more damage to your
body systems can occur.

Prevention Tips

We can enjoy summer to the fullest without worries of ticks if we take a
few preventative measures.  If you’re going to be in the woods or around tall
grasses, consider pre-treating clothes with permethrin.  (NOTE:  Permethrin can be used only on clothing, not
skin.)  Spray your body with insect
repellents that contain at least 20% DEET, which are the most effective against
ticks. 

Wearing light-colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot; check for
ticks on your clothing before you step inside the house.  Additionally, shower and make sure to check
for ticks hiding on your body.  Also
check your pets so they don’t infected ticks into your house; make sure your
pets have some type of tick preventive collar or medicine. 

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