McHenry County Department of Health - Environmental Health
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Protecting Yourself from Ticks

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The best way to protect yourself against tick-born disease is to avoid tick bites. Taking the following precautions will reduce your chances of tick bites.

  • Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you.
  • Apply insect repellant containing DEET (20 to 30%).  Always supervise children in the use of repellents.  Follow label instructions.
  • Always wash hands after using any insect repellent.
  • Wear light colored clothing so that ticks are more visible.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Tuck long pants into your socks and boots.
  • For added protection, wear a head covering or hat.
  • Check yourself and children every 2 to 3 hours for ticks.
  • Examine pets for ticks.
  • Be sure to wash skin treated with insect repellant when returning indoors.
  • After being outdoors, remove clothing and wash and dry at a high temperature.
  • If you have an unexplained illness with fever, contact a physician.  Be sure to tell your physician of a possible tick exposure.


Tick life states