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Tick Season Is Upon Us
The sun is finally shining, tempatures are finally climbing and the doldrums of winter are in the rearview mirror. With the new warm weather comes a very old pest. The tick, usually found in grass and woods is a pest that can bite us and also transmit diseases. Here are a few tips on avoiding them, making them easier to spot and if your bit, how to deal with the bug.
If you know that you will be venturing into forests or overgrown areas where Lyme-infected ticks are found, here are some ways you can protect yourself when you’re outdoor:
Avoid walking through wooded and bushy areas with tall grass.
Wear light-colored clothes to spot ticks easier.
Wear closed-toe shoes and pull sock over pant legs.
Wear long sleeved shirts and apply bug repellant.
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming from outdoors (within 2 hours) to wash off and find ticks that may be crawling on you.
Check your children and pets thoroughly for ticks that may hide under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button and in their hair.
Examine clothing and/or put them into a dryer on high heat to kill ticks.
If you happen to find a tick attached to you, you can carefully remove the tick to minimize the impact of the bite.
Use a fine-pointed tweezer, and with a steady hand, grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
Slowly pull the tick straight out without twisting or jerking to prevent the mouth-parts to break and remain in the skin.
If the mouth-parts are already broken, try to remove them as much as you can without causing further distress to the affected area.
Clean the bite area with alcohol or a disinfectant. Undiluted apple cider vinegar can work as a natural disinfectant as well.
Put the dead tick in a sandwich bag, write the date you were bitten. This will come in handy for the doctor if you start to experience any of the following symptoms.
Lymes disease if one of the most common diseases carried by the tick. Here are a few signs and symptoms that you may be infected.
Swollen, red and tender bite area
Bullseye marking around the bite area.
Flu like symptoms including fever, chills, achy muscles.
Painful or stiff joints
Rapid heart rate.
Todays medicines make the treatment of these diseases very effective however the earlier they are caught the better.
Types of ticks common in NJ.
Black Legged Tick Lone Star Tick American Dog Tick
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