Tick Safety

Tick Safety in mid-Missouri

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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
  • Rash
  • Sudden flu-like symptoms

More information about tick-borne diseases