Tis The Season Of Ticks

Dated: 08/07/2016

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 There is no  other more dreadful bug than the tick.  Very common in NJ, they are capable of spreading disease such as Lyme's disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  If you plan on spending some time in the woods or walking in grassy areas here are a few tips to avoid getting bit by one of these buggers.

1.  Wear light colored clothes.  Long sleeves and pants are recommended along with white socks.  Ticks are dark colored in nature and are much easier to see on light clothing.

2.  Tuck in your clothing!

3. Wear a hat...ticks love the head area!

4. Spray your shoes, socks, pants and shirt with a permethrin-containing tick repellant

5.  When you come home make sure you do a thorough inspection of your entire body for the pests!

if you happen to find one, removing the tick  within 24 hours of attaching greatly decreases the chances of disease spread.

Remove ticks by grabbing the head of the tick as closely to your skin as possible and use a gentle but consistent pull until he releases.

Ticks can be taken to the local board of health to be tested.

Keep an eye on the area where the tick was attached.  A circular bullseye pattern could be present and would require immediate testing for Lymes!

Hope these tips help you to avoid the critters all together!Image title

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