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Ticks are small, arachnid insects commonly found outdoors in grassy, bushy or wooded areas, or on animals. They can be harmful to humans because ticks carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that can lead to serious illnesses. Here is some basic info about the types of ticks you may encounter and how to combat them both outdoors and when you return home.
Types of Ticks
Prevention: Before Going Outdoors
There are several steps you can take to prevent tick bites before you head outdoors:
Prevention: Ticks in the Yard
You can prevent ticks in your yard with:
Prevention: After Coming Indoors
After camping, hiking or any other outdoor activity, it’s important to check for ticks. Follow these steps to ensure you catch them:
If You Find An Attached Tick
Remove the tick right away by grabbing it with tweezers as close to the skin as you can, then pulling it right out. In the following days, look for signs of illness like rash or fever—if these develop, see your doctor. Your risk of tick-borne illness depends on where you live, the type of tick and how long it was attached.
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“Stop Ticks.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks/index.html
“Understanding and Preventing Tick Bites.” MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/spring17/articles/spring17pg25-27.html
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.