Protect Yourself From Ticks, Disease

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McHenry County Department of Health reminds residents to protect themselves from ticks commonly found in wooded areas and areas with tall grass and weeds. Ticks are most active in Illinois during April, May and June.

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The best way to protect yourself and your pets against tick-borne illness is to avoid tick bites. Several insecticides are effective against ticks. Applying DEET to light-colored clothing (long sleeves, pants, hats and boots) and staying on well traveled paths will provide protection against ticks. If your pet spends time outdoors, check them before bringing them into your home.

In their immature stages, ticks are no bigger than a pin head. Since they cannot jump or fly, ticks lie in wait in ankle-high grass and other low vegetation for humans, dogs or other animals to pass by. Nymphs are thought to be most responsible for human Lyme Disease cases due to their small size.

The incubation period is 5-10 days after a tick bite. Symptoms include sudden fever, vomiting, severe headache and muscle pain. Early treatment of the infection is recommended. If you experience the bull’s-eye rash or any other illness following a tick bite, consult your physician.

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