Tips to Protect You and your family from Ticks

Tick season has started early this year due to a mild winter. Here are some tips to protect yourself and your family.

  • Keep grass short in yards and don’t go into overgrown areas.
  • Wear long clothing to prevent ticks from accessing your skin.
  • After spending time outdoors, thoroughly check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks.
  • Stay on trails when you hike. If you leave the path, wear long pants tucked into your socks.
  • If you find ticks, remove them immediately. Pinch the tick near its mouth and pull it out slowly in a continuous motion. Don’t twist the tick because doing so may leave mouth parts embedded in the skin.

For more information, visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_124373.html

Take Care!

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