Summertime means Tick season.
Here are some questions (and hopefully good answers) that you may have:
How can we avoid the ticks?
How big are the ticks?
How do you remove ticks if they become embedded?
First and probably the most important is avoidance. Avoid tick infested areas. If that is not possible for you, other suggestions are to wear light-colored clothing (easier to see the little hitchhiker), tuck your pants into your socks, and use insect repellent ( 20-50% deet). When coming in from outside, check for ticks on you and your clothes. Check each other because they might decide to settle somewhere it is difficult to see. Don’t forget your pets, check them often, put a tick collar or medication on them. Ask the vet what to use.
The size of a tick varies, a seed tick is very small, about the size of a poppy-seed and are hard to see. American dog ticks, black-legged ticks and lone star ticks are larger and may have already attached to you or can be seen crawling.
To remove a tick, use tweezers, a tick remover or by sliding a credit card under the tick. DO NOT use matches or petroleum jelly. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water and also the area the tick was removed from.
Ticks can infect in 10 hours or less. If you start having a headache, fatigue, fever or rash, see your health care provider immediately.
If you have any questions, call one of the nurses at Callaway County Health Department 573-642-6881.
Go enjoy the outdoors and be careful of those ticks.