Ticks are small bugs that are commonly associated
with other outdoor pests such as flies and mosquitoes. But did you
know that ticks are actually arachnids, like spiders?
Tick bites have become a major concern with those who frequent
outdoor, wooded areas where nature's most beautiful hiking and
camping locations are found. Ticks are known to carry and transmit
disease such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and
Lyme disease is the most commonly associated with tick bites and
it does not have a cure. A person with Lyme disease will have to
undergo treatment and disease management for the rest of their
What does a tick bite look like?
A tick bite can be red and swollen, and you may see the tick
embedded in the skin. Sometimes a tick bite may have a red outer
ring surrounding the bite.
If you find tick on your body, you will want to CAREFULLY
extract it, being cautious not to separate the head from the body.
Using tweezers, get as close as you can to the head and pull the
tick straight out without twisting. Keep the tick in a storage bag
so that it can be tested by a medical professional if you are
concerned that it may be carrying disease.
If you develop signs of illness you will want to consult your
doctor. Be sure to bring the tick with you. Signs of illness may
include headache, joint pain, fever, rash, or flu-like
How do you prevent tick bites?
See our infographic for 5 ways to help prevent tick bites:
(click image to download printable PDF, about 5