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An Ounce of Prevention ...

Venturing Outdoors?

 

  • First - pick up an ounce or two of Tick Me Off Maine.  Apply.  Repeat every 2-4 hours or after swimming or exercise.

 

  • Wear light clothing (better to see them with, my dear) and tuck pant legs into socks. 

 

  • A hat or cap is a good idea if you'll be poking your way through woods and trails.

 

  • Inspect yourself closely - or better yet, have a friend (a very close friend, perhaps) do the inspecting for you.

 

  • Then... inspect your pets!  Best way to stop transmission of ticks from pets to humans - keep them off the furniture and especially the bed.  (This last bit is tricky if you have dogs that sulk.  Stay strong.)

EW!  Got a tick?

  •  Don't freak out. 

 

  • Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.

 

  • Pull up with steady pressure. Try not to "twist" the tick which can cause pieces to break off in your skin.   (If that happens, try to get the pieces out the best you can.)

 

  • After removing the tick, clean the bite area (and your hands) with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

 

  • Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape.  Never crush a tick with your fingers.

 

  • Go make yourself a cup of tea.