About the time I wrote my annual story about the Minnesota Department of Health’s annual warning about ticks, an email arrived from someone representing insectshield.com.
The company called Insect Shield makes apparel designed to keep ticks and other vermin away.
But the information they provided was from the University of Rhode Island’s TickEncounter Resource Center.Their website is tickencounter.com.
Here are their top 10 facts you need to know about ticks, only two of which might lead you to patronize the Insect Shield folks:
- Ticks crawl up. They don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees.
- All ticks, including deer ticks, come in small, medium and large sizes.
- Ticks can be active even in winter. Deer ticks aren’t killed by freezing conditions and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen. This, of course, excludes almost all winter days in northern Minnesota.
- Ticks carry disease-causing microbes.
- Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria.
- For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection.
- Deer tick nymphs look like poppy seed on your skin.
- The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer.
- Clothing with built-in tick repellant is best for preventing tick bites.
- Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are preventable. “Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellant clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites,” tickencounter.com explains.
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