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How to Protect Your Family from Nasty Ticks

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. July 5, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts this could be the worst season for tick-borne illnesses due to a sharp rise in the tick population. The mild winter across the United States allowed ticks to breed during months when they are typically dormant. Irving Parks and Recreation reminds residents of preventive measures to protect themselves and their families while enjoying the great outdoors, including the city’s numerous parks and extensive trails.

Stay Safe

Experts say trail riders, runners, people who walk their dogs in heavily wooded areas, hikers and campers are most at risk for tick bites. After these activities, the CDC recommends, check:

  • Under the arms
  • In and around the ears
  • Inside the belly button
  • In and around head and body hair
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

Should you find a tick or suspect you have been bitten, doctors recommend having a blood test done to determine if there is exposure to Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. To prevent tick bites, the CDC recommends:

  • Using repellents containing DEET.
  • Treating clothing, boots, tents and gear with products containing permethrin
  • Bathing or showering as soon as possible after coming indoors.
  • Full body checks.
  • Washing clothes in hot water and/or tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes.
  • Examine gear and pets.

For more information on tick exposure, removal and other safety tips, visit the CDC website


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