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Enjoy Fall, but beware of ticks

By WKTV News

Cornell Cooperative Extension is reminding people that while Fall may be a great time to enjoy the outdoors, to also keep in mind that you and your pets might pick up an unwanted hitch hiker as you walk through the leaves and tall grass as ticks are prevalent at any time of year.

What to Do if You Find an Attached Tick

Remove the attached tick as soon as you notice it by grasping with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out.

Watch for signs of illness such as rash or fever in the days and weeks following the bite, and see a health care provider if these develop.

Your risk of acquiring a tick-borne illness depends on many factors, including where you live, what type of tick bit you, and how long the tick was attached. If you become ill after a tick bite, see a health care provider.


Modify your landscape to create Tick-Safe Zones

Regularly remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to keep ticks away from recreational areas, and keep play areas and playground equipment away from away from shrubs, bushes, and other vegetation.

Consider using a chemical control agent. Effective tick control chemicals are available for use by the homeowner, or they can be applied by a professional pest control expert, and even limited applications can greatly reduce the number of ticks.

A single springtime application of acaricide can reduce the population of ticks that cause Lyme disease by 68–100%.

Discourage deer. Removing plants that attract deer and constructing physical barriers may help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.

Prevent Ticks on Animals

Use tick control products to prevent family pets from bringing ticks into the home. Consult your veterinarian and be sure to use these products according to the package instructions.

Visit www.cdc.gov/features/stopticks for more about tick control.

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