Ticks and Lyme Disease Resources
Tick season is upon us again, we are outdoors every day and ask that you do a thorough tick check on your child.
Below are links with more information regarding ticks and Lyme disease.
• Apply insect repellents containing DEET or Icaridin to exposed skin and clothes. Follow directions on the package carefully.
• Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants, closed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks.
• Walk on well-traveled paths, avoiding high grass and vegetation.
• Check yourself, children, and pets after walking in grassy or wooded areas. Check clothing and inspect skin including in and around ears, arm pits, inside belly button, groin, around the waist, and especially in hair and scalp area. When possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks and washes away loose ones.
• Remove ticks as soon as they are found. Carefully grasp ticks with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pull the tick straight out. Clean and disinfect the area where the tick was attached to the skin.
• Keep lawns mowed short.
• Put playground equipment in sunny, dry places, away from wooded areas, yard edges, and trees.
• To access more information about simple landscaping techniques to reduce the number of blacklegged ticks, please see the Landscape Management Handbook