Blacklegged Tick, how to prevent tick bitesTicks 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 encephalitis.

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 life.

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 symptoms.

How do you prevent tick bites?

See our infographic for 5 ways to help prevent tick bites:

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Tick Tips Infographic, how to prevent tick bites