Does just looking at the picture make your skin crawl and head itch? It is tick season and there are a few things you should know.
Where are the ticks?
Humid environments, wooded and grassy areas. Avoid walking in leaf litter and through shrubs. Be aware while gardening, camping and playing outdoors.
- Use a repellent
- Walk in open areas when possible
- Avoid brush
- Be extra careful during warmer months (April - September)
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.