Here you can findout how to protect yourself from ticks, the types of ticks to look out for and safe procedure for dealing with a tick bite.
Additional information about tick monitoring, control and NCSWCD tick surveying can be found below.
When removing a tick, use tweezers to grasp near the head or mouth as close to the skin as possible
Pull firmly and steadily outward. Do Not jerk or twist the tick.
Place the tick in a small container of rubbing alchohol to kill it.
Remember to disinfect the bite wound with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Record the date and location of the bite to monitor yourself for symptoms over the next 48 hours, and following few weeks.
The #1 way to protect yourself and your pets from ticks is to check every time you come back from an area that may contain ticks. Stay on the trail! Most ticks wait on plants surrounding fields and on trail edges to jump onto a host, stay clear of walking into areas with plants that will brush up against you. When ticks are not "questing" on plants they rehydrate under leaves in the woods, ticks need moisture to survive. The best way to avoid ticks is walking in dry/hot areas with little vegetation, on trails, mowed grass, and areas without plants growing above ankle height.
Tips for avoiding ticks
Wear light colored clothing to help spot ticks, long sleeve shirt and pants tucked into socks when walking in tick exposed areas.
Treating Clothin with 0.5% Premethrin will repel ticks and last for multiple washes.
To kill remaingin ticks on clothing dry clothes after returning home. Tumble clothing on high heat for 10 minutes will kill any ticks still remaining after your initial check. Dry before you wash, ticks will die from a lack of moisture in the drier.
Shower using a wash cloth to dislodge unattached ticks, and thouroughly check yourself when you shower over the next 48 hours
American Dog Tick
Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District recently participated in the 2022 TICK BLITZ
surveying a collective 1,500 meters of Muttontown Preserve.
The NYS Tick Blitz is a yearly event created by the Northeast Regional Vector Control Center NEVBD. With help from Cornell Cooperative Extension CCE and NYS Integrated Pest Management NYIPM.
The purpose of the study is to study all NY regions simultaneously to understand where different tick species are present and track their northward expansion.
Learn more about tick monitoring, control and repellents
A bite mark can be properly identified even after a bite has occurred by the marking of the rash.
A spiders bite forms fluid filled bumps at the site of the bite
Tick bites (lesions) resemble a "bulls-eye" or a raised expanding solid patch
Insect bites result in itchy or red raised skin reactions
Bee bites result in pain and a large amount of swelling in the area
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