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Where should I play? 

Do Stay In:

Don’t Stay In:

Dry Paths

Sunny Areas

Moist Areas

Tall Grasses

Wooded Areas

What should I wear?

  • Hats

  • White or light colored clothing

  • Long sleeves

  • Tuck pants into socks

How do I perform a tick check? 

  • Have someone else check under your hair

  • Check warm, moist areas of the body

  • Check creases, including behind the knees and under the arms

  • Check arms, legs, bellies and back

  • Even check between your toes

  • Put clothes in the dryer on high heat

  • Shower soon after being outdoors

How do I perform a tick check on a pet? 

  • Start at the paws and use your fingers to check between each of the toes and tops of the paws.

  • Use your fingertips to move up and down the leg, feeling for bumps.

  • Check elbows, armpits, in the creases along the bones and skin, and check the tail.

  • Move you fingertips against the fur along the body and check the belly, chest and neck of the pet.

  • Check the head thoroughly, including the inside and outside of the ears, around the eyes, nose and mouth. - Wachsler, Sharon 2011

What to do if I find T.I.C.K.S.

  • Use pointed Tweezers

  • Insert the tweezers under the tick’s body, as close to the skin as possible. Do not squeeze the tick’s body! Squeezing the body will release the bacteria into the bite.

  • Use a Consistent grip until the tick is detached from the skin. If you can’t remove the tick, find a doctor, nurse or other adult to assist you.

  • Keep the tick in a zip-lock bag. Label the bag with the date and location of the tick bite and document any current symptoms.

  • Send the tick off to be tested and call your doctor for more information.

Where do I send a tick? 

Disclaimer: The information here is prevention information that can assist in reducing the risk of tick exposure, yet may not be 100% effective. 
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