It’s Open Season on Ticks!
Ticks can carry germs that can make you sick. Protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick bites this hunting season.
Ticks can carry germs that cause serious and sometimes deadly diseases like tularemia, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme disease. Most tickborne infections occur during the summer, and may still be active well into the fall, or even year-round in warmer climates. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, and on animals themselves, so hunting will bring you in close contact with ticks. Take the proper precautions while hunting to keep you and your pets healthy.
· Treat you gear and clothing with insect repellent before the hunt
· Treat dogs for ticks. Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne disease. Treat dogs regularly with tick prevention products. Talk to your veterinarian about the best product for your dog.
· Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside clothing.
· Walk in the center of trails, when possible, to avoid brushing up against ticks.
· Shower immediately after being outdoors. Showering may help remove unattached ticks
· Check your body for ticks daily, when spending time in tick areas. Perform a full body check to look for ticks. Use a mirror, or have someone help you with hard-to-see areas.