Cotati, CA - The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) cautions individuals who spend time outdoors to be aware that they may come into contact with ticks, including those that can transmit Lyme disease.
Ticks are small, blood-sucking arthropods that can transmit diseases, and are most often found in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, especially along sides of trails. Ticks do not fly, jump, or fall out of trees. Adult ticks wait on the tips of vegetation for a host to pass by, while the much smaller nymphs are commonly found in leaf litter or on logs and branches. After a tick grasps onto a host, it will crawl in search of a suitable location to attach to the skin and begin feeding.
Several different types of ticks are found in Marin and Sonoma counties but only the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) can transmit Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease may include an expanding “bulls-eye” rash usually accompanied by flu-like symptoms, such as body aches and fever. If you become ill after being bitten by a tick, consult your physician.
“Protection from ticks and tick bites begins with applying basic personal protection measures before entering tick habitat,” stated Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District. “Equally important is promptly removing ticks that may have attached themselves to you,” said Sequeira.
Personal protection measures include:
- Wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants.
- Apply repellent containing DEET (at least 20% concentration) on exposed skin.
- Shower after being in tick habitat to help detect ticks. Continue to periodically check your body for several days after you have been in tick habitat. Pay close attention to the hairline, waistline, armpits, and other places where clothing is constricted. Carefully examine children and pets as well.
Remove ticks promptly and correctly:
- Do not squish, burn, smother or twist ticks.
- Ideally, use tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull it straight out.
- Wash your hands and the bite site with soap and water after tick removal.
- Apply an antiseptic to the bite site.
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The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control Districtis an independent, special district committed to protecting public health from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease. All programs and services are funded through property taxes and provided to all residents in Marin and Sonoma counties. For more information about us please visit our website at www.msmosquito.com.