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Who is at risk for Lyme disease?
Cutter Backwoods, Ultrathon™, etc). Ultrathon™ time-release Outdoor workers, gardeners, campers, hikers, people who hunt, formulations provide extended protection. Non-DEET repellents, fish, golf, or picnic in parks, or children on a school nature outing include BioUD™ (®.html), Natrapel® are all at risk. Children are especially vulnerable since they run (available from online outdoor stores, e.g., and IR3535® (Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition SPF 30 Pump Spray, etc.) Deer bring ticks into your yard and reducing deer populations can Plant oils are reported to be tick repellents. help in lowering tick numbers. Birds and other animals also transport ticks. Mice are a reservoir for a number of disease- After returning indoors
causing microorganisms and often have many deer ticks attached Perform a careful tick check. Deer ticks are tiny and difficult to to them. A tick seeking a blood meal will attach to a mouse, feed, see. If possible, have someone else inspect you. Be sure to check and become infected. Other infections transmitted at the same time your hairline and were cloths fit tightly. Parents should check as Lyme disease can include Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, children. Shower immediately using a washcloth to remove Bartonellaosis, Ehrlichiosis, Mycoplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain unattached ticks. Remove attached ticks immediately using fine spotted fever. Ticks are described as a cesspool of disease. The pointed tweezers or tick-removal tool. Grasp tick close to the spring and summer months are the “Prime Time for Lyme,” skin, pull gently straight out. Do not use petroleum jelly, alcohol, however, you can be bitten year-round. Ticks seek a blood meal soap, lit match or cigarette as this might cause the tick to anytime the temperature is high enough for them to be mobile, regurgitate Lyme bacteria into you. Save tick in a plastic bag or even with snow cover. Outdoor pets, even treated, can bring ticks vial with a moistened cotton ball for identification and testing. to you, your children, and into your home. After removing the tick, call your doctor promptly and consider requesting immediate antibiotic treatment. If the tick is infected Personal prevention tips
early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is key to recovery. Avoid sitting on the ground, stone walls, woodpiles or fallen logs; Delay will allow the infection to disseminate in the body where use an impervious ground cover, e.g., Gore-Tex®. Walk in the center of trails. Check for ticks while in tick-infested areas. Deer ticks like cool, moist environments, such as leaf litter, tall grass Keep outdoor clothes in the garage or shed as ticks can migrate around the edge of yards, wooded areas, or roadsides. Many from clothing brought indoors and invade the home. You can also wash and dry your clothes immediately. Some people put the clothes in a trash bag then spray with permethrin and tie up the Outdoor clothing
bag to kill the ticks before washing. Washing alone will not kill Wear light-colored long pants, long sleeved shirts and closely ticks, but a 30-minute hot cycle in a dryer will. knitted socks. Tuck shirt into pants and tuck pants into socks. This will prevent a tick from crawling under clothing. Wear a kerchief Damminix® tick tubes
Small paper tubes containing permethrin-treated cotton balls. Placed in mice habitats the cotton is used for nesting material. Rynoskin™ underwear is made from a knitted breathable stretch Permethrin kills ticks on mice. (Available from some home and fabric that ticks have difficulty penetrating. It is helpful for hunters garden stores and and anyone outdoors when the weather is cooler. Available in long sleeved tops, long bottoms, socks, hoods, and gloves. (Available Select TCS™ Tick Control System
Small plastic boxes containing bait to attract mice and the insecticide fipronil to kill ticks on mice. Permethrin outdoor clothing spray
(Contact for certified installers) Permethrin is a synthetic chemical that kills ticks. Spray boots, socks, pants, sleeves, gloves, kerchief, and hat. Spray outdoors, Yard spraying for tick control
and do not apply it to skin. Treated clothing can be worn when Available from lawn care businesses and as homeowner hose-on dry. One treatment lasts 2-6 weeks. Follow all label directions applicators from Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Available as carefully. (Available from Sawyer, Ultrathon™ Gear and Clothing permethrin, bifenthrin, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, cypermethrin, Spray, Duranon, Permanone, etc. in outdoor retail stores’ or Mention  of  brand  names  does  not  constitute  
Insect Shield® outdoor clothing
endorsements  by  LDASEPA.  The  information  here  is  
Pretreated with permethrin and effective through 70 washings. Developed by the US Department of Defense. (Available from not  intended  to  be  a  substitute  for  sound  medical  
ExOfficio, LL Bean, Orvis, REI, etc. or advice  from  your  physician.  
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DEET products for skin or clothing. Consider repellents with less Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. than 10% DEET for children. Apply repellents to skin carefully. Follow label instructions and avoid getting repellent in the eyes or mouth. Higher concentrations provide longer protection. (Available as sprays and wipes, e.g., OFF®, Deep Woods OFF®,  


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