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Tick Prevention (2022)

Tick Prevention (2022)

Prevent Tick Bites

Key Facts:

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS):

  • Cases of Lyme disease in Michigan jumped from 451 in 2020, to 878 in 2021.
    • Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease.
  • Cases of Anaplasmosis increased from 17 confirmed cases in 2020, to 56 cases in 2021.
    • Anaplasmosis is the second most common tick-borne disease.
    • Benzie, Dickinson, Manistee, and Menominee counties saw the largest increase of Anaplasmosis.

Taking Precautions to Avoid Ticks and Tick-borne Disease

Help protect yourself and your loved ones from tick-borne diseases by doing the following:
  • Avoid tick-infested areas
    • Because ticks live in grassy, brushy wooded areas, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
    • Dogs and cats can encounter ticks outdoors and bring them into the home. Talk with your veterinarian about the best tick prevention products for your pet.
  • Use insect repellent
    • Apply repellent containing DEET or Picaridin on exposed skin.
    • Treat clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact or buy clothes that are pre-treated. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying repellents.
  • Perform daily tick checks
    • Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
    • Inspect all body surfaces carefully and remove attached ticks with tweezers.
    • To remove a tick, grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
  • Bathe or shower
    • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
    • Wash clothing in hot water and dry on high heat to help kill ticks in clothing.

If you do find a tick attached, be sure to remove it right away. Continue to monitor yourself or your loved ones for symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Joint aches

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