woman checking for ticks in girl's hairAfter you come indoors check your body and clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively.

Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.

Check pets for ticks! Pets that are protected from ticks can still carry them into your home where they will then find you.

Tick Check

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body.

Check in and around the hair and in and around the ears. Check under the arms. Check inside the belly button and around the waist. Check between the legs and the back of the knees.Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside belly button
  • Back of the knees
  • In and around the hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

If you find and remove an attached tick – watch for signs of illness such as rash or fever in the days and weeks following the bite, and see a health care provider if these develop. Your risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness depends on many factors, including where you live, what type of tick bit you, and how long the tick was attached. If you become ill after a tick bite, see a health care provider.

Dan the Tick man YouTube video

Tick Man Dan says check yourselves for ticks, and do it often! Make tick checks a part of your daily routine and prevent Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses!

Tick Talk YouTube video

Tick Talk – an animated talk between a girl and her dog on how to protect yourself from tick bites.

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