QPS Health Services ~ TICK ALERT!

 Posted by on May 19, 2014
May 192014
 

Ticks are more active during warm weather!  As we are all outside more during these beautiful spring days, it is important to make you aware of several important facts and reminders.

Ticks are tiny bugs most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded or grassy areas (especially tall grass) including your own back yards.

Ticks can bite you and spread diseases such as Lyme disease.  They attach to animals or people that come into direct contact with them. Deer ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts.

When outside in an area likely to have ticks, follow these steps to protect yourself:

  • Use insect repellents that are labeled for ticks and carefully follow the directions on the label.  See www.mass.gov/dph/tick for more information.
  • Check yourself, your children and pets daily for ticks. Remove ticks promptly using a pair of pointed tweezers. If you find a tick, do not panic.  Most ticks must be attached for at least 36 hours.
  • Wash your hands and the area of the bite with soap and water.

Look for signs of Lyme disease which can be a rash that spreads but is not itchy or painful.  This can occur three days to one month after a tick bite. 

Go to :  www.cdc.gov/lyme/toolkit/index.html  for more information.