Basic Tips Can Help Prevent Bites

The arrival of summer means more time outside—and more opportunities to be bitten by ticks. It’s a good idea to take precautions, since the insects can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers the following advice to help prevent bites:

Know when and where to expect ticks. (Blacklegged ticks are found in the woods; dog ticks are in grassy areas and road edges.) Use insect repellents. (Follow the directions on the label.) Tuck your pants into your socks and boots, and tuck your shirt into your pants. Check yourself, family and pets regularly and remove ticks immediately. Use anti-tick products on pets.

A tick bite is not a reason to panic but the insect should be removed, according to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Heather Battles, an urgent care physician with the Westerville Close To Home clinic, provides a tutorial on how to do so at 700childrens.nationwidechildrens.org/remove-tick.

Battles recommends seeking medical attention if:

You are unable to remove the tick. There are tick parts remaining in the skin. There is pain, swelling, redness or warmth around the area. There is pus draining from the area. Fever, chills, headache, joint pain or flu-like symptoms develop within days to weeks of the initial bite. A “target” rash develops around the bite.