Tickborne Diseases

Protect yourself from tick bites

  • Avoid tick-infested areas.
  • Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be spotted more easily.
  • Tuck pants legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants.
  • Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks can't crawl under clothing.
  • Spray insect repellent containing DEET on clothes and exposed skin (spray on hands and rub on face) treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin which kill​s ticks on contact.
  • Wear a hat and long-sleeved shirt for added protection.
  • Walk in the center of trails to avoid long grass and overhanging brush.
  • After being outdoors inspect body carefully and remove attached ticks with tweezers, grasping the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pulling straight back with a slow steady force. Avoid crushing the tick’s body.
  • What do you do if you get a tick bite?
  • CDC Tick Bite Bot Assessment​

Tick Resources

National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases