Tick Bites Ticks can be big or as small as a period at the end of a sentence. The season for ticks is usually from May-September. They are known to carry Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme Disease that can be seen days to weeks after exposure are: A Bulls-eye rash greater than or equal to 5cm in length, fatigue, fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle and joint pain, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. Here are a few tips on preventing tick bites as well as what to do if a tick bite occurs.
1. Wear long sleeved light-colored clothing and pants should be tucked into socks. The light colored clothing makes it easier to see ticks on the clothing.
2. Use Deet repellent which should only be 10-30% Deet concentration.
3. Stick to trails not bushy areas.
4. Do not sit on the ground, use chairs and/or picnic tables: However always check these areas also for ticks especially picnic tables before sitting.
5. Check yourself and your group every 2-3 hours for ticks paying close attention to the areas under the arms, armpits, behind the knees, the scalp, waistline, and groin area.
If a tick is found on the skin you can remove it using A) Masking tape or B) Tweezers.
If using masking tape, place masking tape on skin covering the tick and pull off. Fold the tape after and dispose of it. If using tweezers to pull it off directly do not twist it. Pull it off. Then cleanse the area with rubbing alcohol, noting the date and time it was found to monitor for Lyme disease. If symptoms are to arise Seek Medical Care!!!! Poison Ivy Poison Ivy has three or five pointed leaflets with smooth or toothed edges. It typically grows as a climbing vine and grows yellow or green flowers and white berries. It produces an allergic reaction known as urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. Urushiol is an oil based allergen