It’s that time of year again. Ticks are already out and here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.
Some black-legged ticks can carry dangerous bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. The earliest sign that you’ve been infected is the bulls-eye rash.
BUT, if you’ve been bitten, act quickly before the rash even appears.
If you find a tick, remove it safely. Here’s how:
(Removing a tick is the same for humans and animals)
- If the tick is attached to you, use fine-tipped tweezers or tick removal tool to grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible. Do not use your fingers.
- Pull the tick straight out, gently but firmly making sure to remove the entire tick (including the head). Don’t squeeze it – avoid crushing the tick’s body.
- After removing the tick, place it in a secure container, such as a screw-top bottle used for medication.
- Give the tick to your health care professional or local health unit.
- Thoroughly clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol and/or soap and water.
Find more instructions HERE.
And, don’t forget PREVENTION! Cover up, use insect repellent with DEET or Icaridin, double-check yourself, put your clothes in the dryer after coming in doors and wash yourself.
Watch this video from the Government of Canada: