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The time to watch for ticks has arrived

Posted on 05/16/2019
TickTick season is here, and that means it is time to protect yourself and your loved ones (including pets) from tick bites. Ticks are small and can be easy to miss, especially if they've latched themselves onto a hairy pet or a spot on a human that's hard to reach or see, such as the top of the head or back. Ticks are commonly found in tall grass and wooded areas.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and your pets from ticks:

• Wear long sleeves and pants and consider tucking pant legs into socks if you will be walking in tall grass or wooded areas.
• Use an EPA-approved tick repellent when outdoors and check for ticks upon going back inside.
• Pets should be treated with a veterinary approved tick prevention product. If you see signs of illness in your pet, especially after a tick bite, contact your veterinarian.

If you find a tick attached to your skin, there’s no need to panic. The key is to remove the tick as soon as possible. Click here to find out how to safely remove a tick.