If you’re camping, hiking, lakeside fishing, or just relaxing in the yard, you’re likely to encounter wood ticks and deer ticks. Keep your eyes peeled, and know what you should do to keep yourself, your family and your pets safe during tick season. A tick bite can leave you infected by a number of ailments, including Lymes Disease.
The following tips are recommended by the CDC and outlined in an article by John Lundy, published in the Duluth News Tribune on May 16:
1. Avoid areas with high grass and leaf litter. Walk toward the center of trails.
2. Use a repellant that is at least 20 percent DEET.
3. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors.
4. Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror. (Parents should help their children check thoroughly for ticks.)
And, check out all the great information available on the Centers for Disease Control website. Click here to visit the CDC Tick Page