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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Be Aware of Ticks When You Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The DuPage County Health Department has had reported incidents of Lyme disease in the area. The Village of Itasca will be treating the Nature Center grounds in an attempt to reduce the tick and mosquito population.

Warmer weather is here and as you make plans to be outdoors, be sure to take steps to guard against ticks. Ticks are a threat year-round, but they are more active in warmer months-especially April through September.

Ticks live in and near wooded areas, tall grass and weeds, and where the ground is covered with leaves. Ticks can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

To protect against tick bites and the diseases they can spread, take these steps:

·    Keep your grass mowed and control weeds around your home.

·    Remove leaf litter.

·    Clear tall grasses and brush around your home and at the edge of your lawn.

·    Wear a white or light-colored long-sleeved shirt and long pants tucked into your socks or boots when you are outdoors.

·    Wear a hat or head covering for added protection.

·    Check for ticks on your clothing often.

·    Apply insect repellent containing DEET to your clothes and exposed skin (except the face and hands).

·    Walk in the center of trails to avoid leaf litter and tall grass.

·    Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.

Check for ticks on children, pets and yourself when returning from outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it right away by using fine-point tweezers to gently pull it straight out.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

Ticks can spread diseases that may cause serious illness and death. If you have a rash, or become sick with a fever after a tick bite, it is important to see a doctor.

DuPage County residents with questions about ticks may call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.

Other tick and mosquito information available:

http://www.itasca.com/1279/Mosquito-Control

Don’t Let a Tick Make You Sick!

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/resources/DontletTicksbitemeComicGenericFS_508.pdf

 

Preventing tick bites

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_people.html

 

Ticks and Lyme Disease

How to prevent tick bites when hiking and camping

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/resources/toolkit/factsheets/10_508_Lyme-disease_HikersCampers_FACTSheet.pdf



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