Lyme Disease Awareness
Protect yourself, your family and pets from the dangers of tick-borne illnesses. Download a copy of our informational flyers for adults and children.
What Causes Lyme Disease?
- Lyme Disease is caused by a blacklegged or deer tick bite.
- Risk of exposure is greatest in the woods and the edge between lawns and woods.
Who is at risk for Lyme Disease?
- Anyone who was bitten by a tick that carried Lyme disease.
- The risk for Lyme Disease is the highest in the Northeast and North-Central states.
- People who work and play outdoors (hikers, golfers, landscapers, campers…) are at greater risk.
If I have a tick will I definitely get Lyme Disease?
No. In most cased the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.
How do I remove a tick?
- If a tick is attached to you, use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick at the surface of the skin.
- Pull the tick straight up and out. Don’t twist or jerk the tick.
- Clean the bite and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub or soap and water.
- You may get a small bump or redness that goes away in 1-2 days, like a mosquito bite. This is not a sign that you have Lyme disease.
Do not put hot matches, nail polish, or petroleum jelly on the tick to try and make it pull away from your skin.
Video demonstrating tick removal
Apply Insect Repellent
- Use a product that contains 20-30% DEET on skin and clothes.
- Follow manufacture guidelines.
- Avoid wooded and busy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
Look for Ticks
- Shower as soon as you come indoors.
- Ticks are very small.
- Look for ticks on your body. Ticks can hide under the armpits, behind the knees, in the hair, and in the groin.
Check Your Pets
- Check your pets for ticks
- Talk to your veterinarian about the best protection for your pets.
Know When To See Your Doctor
- See a doctor if you develop a fever, rash, severe fatigue, facial paralysis or joint pain within 30 days of being bitten by a tick.
- See a doctor if you have a red circular rash at the site of the tick bite.
Center for Disease Control
National Institute for Health