May 24, 2018 (Lorain County, Ohio) – Humans aren’t the only creatures that like to enjoy picnics in the summertime. Ticks are bugs that like to turn humans into a snack. Tick bites can be more than bothersome, they can spread disease to people and dogs. The most common disease ticks spread is Lyme disease, which can cause headache, fatigue, and rash, and might spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. There have been no cases of Lyme Disease reported in Lorain County this year.
“By taking some simple precautions, you can prevent tick bites and Lyme disease and still enjoy time outdoors,” says David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at Lorain County Public Health. “Many people in areas of the country make tick checks a daily habit, and it’s time for people across Ohio to get into the same routine.”
Prevent tick bites by following these steps:
- For humans
- Stay out of areas with tall grass and lots of plants, where ticks like to hide, and walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with ticks.
- Wear light-colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks, and tuck pants into sock tops or boots.
- Use bug repellants – follow instructions carefully.
- Check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after spending time outside.
- Bathe or shower after walking through tall grass or plants to wash off ticks and help you find them easier.
- For dogs and cats
- Check dogs and cats for ticks since they can get sick with a tick-borne disease, and because pets can carry ticks into the house as a risk to people.
- Ask your veterinarian about tick control treatments for pets.
- Mow the yard and other places where pets and people play so ticks won’t like to hide there.