Tick Safety in mid-Missouri
Ticks can transmit serious and potentially fatal diseases. Not all ticks are infected, however, so a tick bite does not necessarily mean you will get a disease. Many of these diseases can be treated effectively when caught early, so consult your medical provider right away.
Tick Prevention Tips
- Use an insect repellent with a minimum of 20% DEET, picaridin or IR3535
- When possible, wear long sleeved shirts and pants
- Avoid tick infested places such as brush, tall grass, wood piles and leaf litter
- When hiking, stay in the center of trails
- After returning indoors, do a self body check, change clothes, and take a shower, if possible.
- Check your pets for ticks regularly
What do I do if I find a tick on me?
- Grasp it with a pair tweezers as close to your skin as possible
- Pull the tick straight up and away from your skin, being careful not to twist or jerk
- Dispose of the live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag, or flushing it down a toilet.
- NEVER crush a tick between your fingers
Common symptoms of tick-borne diseases
While symptoms and severity can vary depending on the disease, there are some common symptoms among all tick-borne diseases. Consult your medical provider if you experience one of the following symptoms after being in a potentially tick-infested area:
- Sudden high fever
- Sudden flu-like symptoms