08 Jun When Ticks Bite
Summertime is coming quickly! This means nice weather to swim, hike, grill and lots of other outdoor activities. While you are getting ready to get outdoors more, make sure that tick prevention is on your mind because while you are eating hamburgers at your summer cookout, ticks might be taking a bite on you.
Most people who spend time outdoors have encountered a tick or two. If you catch them before they bite all you have to do is give them a sweep of the hand. Once they do bite, there are extra steps you might need to take. Unlike a bee sting, tick bites do not hurt. Ticks, however, can transfer diseases when they latch on.
Tick season changes based on the type of tick that is in your area. For many, the peak season is from May to August. Luckily for the ticks, that is when children and animals are most active outdoors.
There are a few tick-borne diseases that people can get from the ticks in Virginia. They can cause symptoms like allergies to red meat, rashes, fevers and muscle aches. Each can have short- and long-term effects and should be taken very seriously.
HOW CAN WE PREVENT DISEASE TRANSMISSION?
4 easy things you can do according to Donna Culbert, the Health District Director for the Connecticut Department of Health, include:
- Bathe/check for ticks within 2 hours of coming inside
Tickborne diseases are best prevented by early treatment. After being outdoors, make sure to check your body for ticks within two hours. The longer the tick
- Apply repellent
Like any bug, repellent can help keep the ticks away. Make sure to reapply multiple times if you are outdoors for long periods of time. Additionally, follow the directions on the bottle of your chosen repellant.
- Spray your yard!
Tick repellants can be applied to your yard and surrounding areas to help reduce the tick population. Multiple treatments will need to be reapplied in order to reduce and effectively keep the population out of your yard.
- Treat your pets
Just like humans, animals can get ticks. A tick on a deer will not impact you as much as one on your dog could. Your pets can bring ticks into your home and create additional exposure. Thus, tick treatment on your dog can take care of them and you
If you are outdoors, there is a high chance of encountering ticks. Make sure to stay aware and take preventative actions. This will make sure your summer is fun and safe!
For further information, check out The Newtown Bee YouTube video. Their conversation with Newtown Health District employees, Donna Culbert and Maureen Schaedler, and research scientist, Dr. Molaei provides research and suggestions on how to prevent tick borne diseases.