Lyme Disease

Help Prevent Tickborne Diseases (3 common diseases)

3 Common Disease     

Want to prevent tick bites and prevent Lyme disease this summer? Check out these tips: 

  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily spotted.
  • Tuck pant legs into socks and tuck shirts into pants.
  • Use insect repellents on skin. Use permethrin ONLY on clothing for greater protection.
  • Check clothing, hair, underarms, and groin for ticks daily.
To learn more visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tick/bite-prevention.htm

Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Easy Tips for Preventing Tick Bites this Summer: 

  1. Use insect repellent with 20-30% DEET. Use permethrin ONLY on clothing, NOT on skin.
  2. Tuck pant legs into socks and tuck shirts into pants.
  3. Check clothing, hair, underarms, and groin for ticks after spending time in wooded or grassy areas.
  4. Remove ticks right away with tweezers.
  5. Take a shower as soon as possible after a tick exposure.
  6. Heat your clothing in the dryer for 10 to 30 minutes to kill any loose ticks

To learn more visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/tick/bite-prevention.htm 

 

Lyme Disease: Tick-Free Zones

What to create a “tick-free zone” in your backyard? 

  1. Clear tall grass, brush, and leaf litter from the yard or trails.
  2. Mow lawns often and remove cut grass and leaves.
  3. Keep swing sets and other outdoor play equipment away from woods, shrubs, and tall grass.

 Learn more about preventing tick bites and Lyme disease by visiting https://tinyurl.com/cdctickfreezone

Tick-Free Zone

 

Prevent Lyme Disease: Check your Pets for Ticks

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases, and can also bring ticks into your home after they’ve been outside. Talk to your veterinarian about the best tick prevention products for your dog and tick borne diseases in your area.

 

To further reduce the chances that your dog will get bitten by a tick:

  • Check your pet’s fur and skin for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
  • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away.
  • Reduce tick habitat in your yard.

 

Cats are extremely sensitive to a variety of chemicals. Do NOT apply any tick prevention products to your cats without first asking your veterinarian!

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_pets.html 

 Pet Protection