Tick season is at hand

Take precautions to prevent bites and disease


BISMARCK -- With the arrival of spring and increased opportunities for spending time outdoors, the North Dakota Department of Health recommends people take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry because tick season is at hand.

“The highest risk of tick-borne disease transmission occurs between late spring and early fall,” said Laura Cronquist, an epidemiologist with the health department. “The key to preventing tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, is to avoid tick bites and find and remove ticks promptly.”

The health department offers the following tips to help reduce the risk of tick bites:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellent. To find EPA-registered products, go to www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-insect-repellent-rightyou. Always follow label directions.

  • Use products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear such as boots, backpacks and tents.

  • Talk to a veterinarian about using tick preventives on pets.

  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with tall grass and leaf litter.

  • Walk in the center of trails.

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors -- preferably within two hours -- to wash off and more easily find ticks.

  • Carefully examine gear and pets for ticks.

  • Place clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after coming indoors

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