Michele Spring Reporting:

(Thursday, April 12, 2018) The Tuscarawas County Health Department is advising residents on how to avoid ticks this Spring. Ticks are most common in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Environmental Director Caroline Terakedis says to avoid bushy wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter. She also recommends that if you do go out hiking, you’ll want to stay in the center of the trails.

“Also we try to advise people to use an insect repellant with 20-30% deet. Wear long sleeves and long pants. After you’ve been out in an area where you may have been exposed to ticks, you’re going to want to check your body for ticks and remove them.”

Ticks have been known to carry Lyme disease but Terakedis says Tuscarawas County hasn’t seen any cases yet this year.

“If you think you have been bitten by a tick that could be carrying Lyme disease we recommend you go to your family physician. Don’t wait until you’re symptomatic, just go to your family physician and have them evaluate you.”

Terakedis notes that if you have to remove a tick, you’ll need to use fine-tipped tweezers. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible and pull straight back.

If you have any questions regarding ticks, you can call the Tuscarawas County Health Department at (330)343-5555.

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