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And since the weather is warming up, here are some helpful tips we're sharing as part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month.
If you are spending time outdoors you should take sensible precautions to try to avoid exposure to ticks. Ticks can transmit a number of disease to humans and pets within hours of being bitten, especially if the ticks are not removed properly once attached. If you are bitten, early and adequate treatment is paramount to help avoid long term health consequences caused by Lyme and other tick borne diseases.
Here are some suggestions for personal protection from ticks.
1. Wear light‐colored clothing and a hat to help spot ticks more easily.
2. Scan clothing or any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.
3. When possible, stay on cleared, well‐traveled trails.
4. Keep grass cut short and create a tick barrier or "safe zone"on your property.
5. Following instructions on the label, treat clothing with a product that kills ticks.
6. Avoid sitting or lying directly on the ground, even during the cold of winter.
7. Place outdoor clothing in a hot dryer for at least one hour to kill ticks.
8. Make it a habit –check yourself, your children and pets for ticks every day.
9. Learn how to properly remove a tick and about Lyme and tick borne diseases.
10. Shower thoroughly after being outdoors, and don' forget, do a tick check!