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Expert Advice on Avoiding Tick Bites in New York and Pennsylvania

Spring is in full swing, May is here and for me, camping season has begun! Among the many things I have to do in order to open up my RV and put up thousands of silly yard decorations throughout the year (okay, not really many), there are also things I have to think about like protection from the dreaded tick.

Not just me and my wife, but also our three dogs. Since we camp in the country there are a lot of ticks, especially in Pennsylvania where we camp. Recently, the Chenango County Health Department put together some good information about protecting yourself from ticks, which I would like to share here because they can pose serious health risks.

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Ticks can cause Lyme disease and, if left untreated, can lead to health problems. The sooner a person is treated, the greater the chances of recovery. What is the best way to prevent ticks? Here are some tips from the Chenango County Health Department:

  • Wear light-colored, tightly woven clothing to easily spot ticks. Wear closed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck the pant legs into socks or boots and the shirt into the pants.
  • When outdoors, frequently check clothing and exposed skin for ticks.
  • Consider using insect repellent. Always read and follow the instructions on product labels carefully.
  • Stay on cleared, well-traveled paths. Walk in the middle of the trails. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas.
  • Avoid sitting directly on the floor or stone walls.
  • Keep long hair tied back, especially when gardening.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible (preferably within two hours) after entering the house to wash yourself off and make it easier to find ticks that may be on you.
  • At the end of the day, do a final, full-body tick check (also check children and pets) and remove ticks promptly.

If you find a tick on your body, ONLY handle the tick by the head or mouth parts where they penetrate the skin with tweezers. Pull evenly outwards. Do not twist the tick. This is a mistake some people make.

Clean your wound and kill the tick with alcohol. You can call your local health department to report the tick. For more information, contact the Chenango County Health Department at 607-337-1660 or your local healthcare provider.

Stay safe and have a great spring, summer and fall outdoor season!

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