With the warm weather approaching tick borne Lyme Disease is a public health concern. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in the United States. Ticks are found in wooded areas, high grass, or leaf litter. Ticks may carry bacteria, parasites or viruses.For more information visit
www.cdc.gov/Lyme and www.cdc.gov/Ticks
How to remove a tick
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure to remove the tick. Avoid twisting or jerking.
- Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water
- Remove the tick as soon as possible to reduce your chances of getting an infection from the tick bite.
- Don’t use nail polish, petroleum jelly, or a hot match to make the tick detach.
- If tick mouthparts remain in the skin, leave them alone. In most cases, they will fall out in a few days.