Ticks: How to Protect You and Your Family

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Ticks This Summer
There are years where the ticks populations are high (due to mild winters) and may be found in more places - like ballfields - than in a more typical season. Deer and other animals cross these fields and ticks can drop off there. So when winters are mild, like last year's, more ticks survive, which is what we are seeing now. Ticks are mostly found on the tips of grasses and shrubs, so they are located low to the ground; they are not found up in trees.

You can take the following steps to help protect yourself and your family from ticks:
- Use bug spray/repellent
- Wear light-colored clothing so you can see them while outside and after
- After being outside check for ticks ("hitchhikers"). It usually takes a while for them to find the perfect spot
- Taking a shower, or bath after being outdoors is an effective way to find them

Using pesticides outdoors - like in your yard - also kills other insects and usually has to be applied repeatedly (especially after a rain); this method is not as effective as using bug repellent.

Here is some information from the CDC about Ticks:

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/media/pdfs/Dont-Let-a-Tick-Make-You-Sick-pdf-icon.pdf

Additional information is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website:

https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/common-ticks.html