This video shows you how to identify deer ticks, explains what to wear while outdoors, how to perform a tick check on yourself and pets, and how to remove a tick.
Ticks like damp, shady, brushy, leafy areas, where they can wait for a person or an animal (like a deer or a mouse) to come by. The tick waits for direct contact with a passing person or animal.
Check for ticks once a day on yourself and your pets. Favorite places ticks like to go on the body include areas between the toes, back of the knees, groin, armpits, neck, along the hairline, and behind the ears.
Promptly remove an attached tick using finepoint tweezers. The tick should not be squeezed or twisted, but grasped close to the skin and pulled straight out using steady pressure.
Wear long-sleeved, light-colored shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
Use repellents containing DEET, and choose a product that will provide sufficient protection for the amount of time spent outdoors.
A public service announcement brought to you by the Carlisle Board of Health.