Summer Pests: Tick-Borne Diseases

Summer is fast approaching which means camping and hiking will be in full swing very soon. People aren’t the only ones who come out in the warmer weather; ticks do too. Tick bites are a common threat for the outdoor person. Through a bite, a tick can transmit diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis.

Taking preventative measures for tick bites is the best way to avoid getting a tick-borne illness. Key prevention includes wearing lightly colored long sleeved shirts and pants. Also make sure to check for ticks daily after being out in tall grass or trees. An insect repellent can be applied on both skin and clothing. It is also recommended to bathe within 2 hours of being in an area where ticks are prevalent. Ticks can be easily removed by using a tweezers or fingers near the surface of the skin to ensure the whole tick is removed.

Tick-borne illnesses are generally treatable with antibiotics. Testing depends on several factors that are determined on a case-by-case basis. If you have a known tick bite and develop symptoms including rash, fever or any flu-like symptoms you should be evaluated immediately for a possible tick-borne illness.