- Wash your clothes in hot water and then put these clothes in a high heat dyer for 10 minutes. Clothes that cannot be washed with hot water should be in the dyer on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes.
If you do find a tick on yourself or a family member:
- Do not panic.
- Use either a pair of tweezers or a commercial tick removal device to remove the tick. Grasp the tick as close to your body as possible and then pull upward with a steady movement. Do not twist or rapidly pull the tweezers, this can cause the mouth of the tick to be separated from the tick body.
- Clean the bitten area and your hands thoroughly.
- To get rid of the tick you can submerge it in alcohol, place it in a sealed container, wrap it in tape or flush it down the toilet. Do not squish or crush the tick with your fingers.
Remember to keep an eye on the bitten area for any signs of a rash and monitor yourself or family member for a fever or chills.
To learn more about ticks and Lyme disease, please read the Lyme Disease section on the CDC website
.Above all else, we don’t want concern over ticks and Lyme disease to keep you indoors. Get outside and enjoy the warm weather. Keep doing all your regular summer activities, just remember to take a few extra steps before and after activities that may be in tick areas.
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