General Info
  • Ticks will climb up long grass blades or low brush and attach themselves to animals or people as they pass by
  • Ticks are often seen crawling on or under clothing, on bare skin, or in hair
  • Ticks tend to move upwards on people, looking for a hidden place to start feeding
Where They Hide
  • Many tick species love cool woods and grassy areas where they “perch” and have their best chance of finding dinner as it passes by (animal blood)
  • Other ticks like the Dog Tick are found anywhere pets rest and play – this includes lawns, kennels, along the edges of woods, and fields
What They Want From You
  • Ticks survive on blood, which means they attach to and then bite animals that pass by
  • Ticks prefer wild animals such as rodents and deer, however, they will bite humans opportunistically
  • The vast majority of tick-bite incidents take place between April and September, their period of greatest activity
Why They’re A Problem
  • Ticks are known to transmit many different types of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • People are encouraged to take preventative action against ticks because the risk of disease is high in many areas – spraying infested areas and wearing a personal repellent labeled for tick protection is highly encouraged in these areas
Tips & Tricks
  • If you are bitten by a tick and cannot remove it yourself, contact your physician for removal and treatment
  • Do not use alcohol, nail polish, hot matches, petroleum jelly, or other materials to remove ticks – instead grasp the tick firmly as close to where it is attached as possible and then gently pull until the tick releases
  • Wear light-colored socks and pants that will easily reveal ticks when they crawl on you
  • Tuck pant legs into socks to reduce the risk of ticks getting to skin
  • Wear close-toed footwear
  • Examine yourself and your children daily for ticks when in infested areas
  • Check clothing, gear, and pets often during tick season
  • For your yard, keep grass, weeds, and brush trimmed low to eliminate ideal tick hiding spots


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Less than 1/16 and up to 1/4 of an inch long


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