Summer Tips: Be Tick Smart: Repel, Inspect, Remove!
It's summer! That means lots of walks in the woods and fields, enjoying the great Canadian outdoors. However, these beautiful spaces for hiking, biking and picnics are also home to ticks. Follow these simple rules to avoid ticks as much as possible:
Use fine-tipped tweezers and firmly grasp the tick close to the skin. Avoid touching the tick with your bare hands.
With a steady motion, pull straight up until all parts of the tick are removed. Do not twist or jerk the tick. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. Once the mouthparts are removed from the rest of the tick, it can no longer transmit disease-causing bacteria.
DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products to remove a tick. These methods are ineffective.
Thoroughly wash your hands and the bite area.
After removing the tick, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Clean the tick bite with soap and water or use an antiseptic such as iodine scrub or rubbing alcohol.