Warm weather means… tick season is here and with it comes the risk of “tick-borne” diseases. In Wisconsin we worry about the “big three” illnesses: Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis. (There is a fourth on the rise, but Ehrlichiosis is still rare.) The symptoms of these illnesses are vague and challenging to diagnosis. With them being similar to Covid-19, diagnosis could be missed. Deer ticks are the major carriers of these illnesses. With the deer tick larva being only as big as a pin head and the adult less than ¼ inch, finding them can be difficult. The WI-DNR embraces the age old saying: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are some prevention tips:
- Stay on trails and sidewalks. (stay off the grass, especially tall grass, leaf piles and bushes)
- Wear insect repellent that contains 20-30% DEET.
- Wear light colored, long sleeves and long pants. (to spot the ticks more easily)
- When coming indoors: do a full body check including armpits, behind knees, waistline, ears, and hair.
- Check your pets for ticks. (the tick may “change hosts”)
- Take a shower as soon as possible to remove any loose ticks.
- Put your clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes on high to kill any ticks.
If a tick has attached or embedded itself:
- Gently remove it using a tweezers. (pinch as close to the head as possible and gently pull - do not twist or jerk)
- Place (the tick) in a sealed zip lock bag. (take note of the date and time, in case you get sick.)
- Clean the bite area well and bandage if needed.
- Monitor yourself for signs/symptoms of illness for 30 days. (seek medical help if you get sick)
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