Protect yourself from ticks
Contact Keri Zaleski
(815)-334-4456; cell (815)-236-3238
WOODSTOCK IL – One of the most common types of ticks in Illinois, the American dog tick, is most active in April, May and June. According to McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), there are over 15 tick species in Illinois, but the three most prominent and likely to be encountered by people are the Black-legged (or Deer) Tick, the American Dog (or Wood) Tick, and the Lone Star Tick. In general these ticks are most active from March through November. MCDH reminds residents to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting the diseases they may carry, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. Many tick-borne diseases can have similar signs and symptoms. If you have been bitten by a tick and develop a fever, aches and pains or a rash within a few weeks, see your health care provider.
Ticks live in and near wooded areas, tall grass and brush. The best ways to protect against tick-borne illnesses include:
- Educate yourself and family about tick identification, removal and symptom awareness.
- Walk in the center of trails. Avoid wooded, bushy areas with high grass.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make ticks easier to find. Tuck pants into socks and boots.
- Conduct full-body tick checks on family members (underarms, ears, belly button, behind knees, between legs, waist, hair and scalp). Also check any gear taken on outings.
- The CDC recommends bathing or showering within 2 hours after coming indoors.
- If tick bites occur, keep ticks for identification and testing.
- Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Keep pets out of tick habitats like tall grass/brush.
- Always examine pets before bringing them inside.
- Consult with your veterinarian regarding tick repellents for pets.
For more information on ticks, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/. For information about Lyme disease click here www.mcdh.info, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/ or Illinois Department of Public Health at http://www.dph.illinois.gov.