Spring is upon us and that means the ticks are out. It’s looking like this season is going to be a bad tick year (conditions must be right for them). I wanted to send out this pamphlet with some information on ticks and Lyme disease. This info will help you protect yourself while you are spending time outside.
-Avoid tick-infested areas. Walk in center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
-Use insect repellent. Spray repellent containing a 20% concentration of DEET on your clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes).
-Perform daily tick checks. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
As someone who spends a lot of time in the woods I feel that doing those daily tick checks is most important. Ticks need to be attached to your skin for at least 24 hours before they transmit any bacteria so you have time to remove them.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors,
Tribal Wildlife Biologist