Ticks are not a pleasant subject, but they’re out there.

If you know they are in your area and you've been out hiking, then with your clothes on:

  • Stand in the tub/shower (best if it’s white)
  • Remove all of your clothing; check for bugs
  • Give everything a shake; turn inside out and shake again.
  • Check the tub/shower for bugs
  • Check your body all over (using a mirror)
  • Launder clothes in hot water immediately (or tightly bag them until you do).

They’re small (from 1 mm to 3 cm). The smallest are similar to the head of pin!

If you should find a tick that is attached, DO NOT douse it in oil, alcohol, or any other substance, as that will cause it to regurgitate - increasing the chance of infection. Use tweezers or a tick-removal tool.

if you suspect a tick has been attached to you for more than 36 hours, and you can identify it as a deer tick, seek a prescription for antibiotics from your doctor.


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