May 27 2018

As Tick Population Rises Learn How to Remove Them Safely

As the weather turns warm the numbers of ticks will increase across the New England area and the Center for Disease Control says it is important to learn how to protect yourself, your children and your pets.

“Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea,” the CDC said on its website. “These can be vectors for spreading pathogens (germs). A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. Between 2004 and 2016, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported, and 9 new germs spread by bites from infected mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced in the US. State and local health departments and vector control organizations are the nation’s main defense against this increasing threat.”

The CDC recommends that people who are going to be outside wear bright clothing so it is easier to spot ticks. You should also thoroughly check yourself, your children and your pets after being outside.

If you find a tick it is important you remove it properly. Watch the video below on the right way to remove a tick that has bitten someone.

 



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