Prevent tickborne diseases with daily vigilant tick checks!
Do a thorough tick check each day after spending time in the outdoors.
Vigilant tick checks significantly reduce the risk of any associated illnesses!
Remove camp clothing and wash and or place in a dryer after camp (in case there are ticks riding home with you).
What to look for
Become familiar with what ticks look like in each life stage by looking at pictures and video like the one below.
- If you do find a tick, use needle point tweezers to firmly grip the tick head close to where it meets the skin, and pull straight away from the skin. If the tick is able to crawl after you remove it, you know it has been fully removed.
- Thoroughly clean the affected area with rubbing alcohol or soap and warm water
- Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ticks – Cornell Universityhttps://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/programs/tick/
- Tick Testing & Submission – Cornell University
Additional Prevention Tips
- Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily.
- Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.
- Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors.
- Consider using insect repellent.
- Keep long hair tied back, especially when gardening.
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after going indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that may be on you.
- Do a final, full-body tick check at the end of the day (also check children and pets), and remove ticks promptly.