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Areas across Michigan, including Northern Michigan, are seeing an explosion of tick activity this year. As the weather becomes nicer and people head outdoors to enjoy nature,

 

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reminds everyone to exercise proper precautions to prevent human-tick interactions.   

 

 

Proper precautions include: 
 
  • Being aware of your surroundings. Most tick encounters happen in shady, moist wooded and grassy areas and fields near wooded areas.  
  • Applying EPA-registered insect repellent that contains 20% or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535, to skin or clothing according to label’s instructions.  
  • Wearing clothing that has been treated with permethrin. 
  • Walking in the center of trails and avoid walking in areas with tall grass and brush. 
  • Conducting a full-body check of yourself and your pets for ticks after spending time outdoors.  
  • Drying clothing on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks. 
  • Taking a shower as soon as you can after coming indoors. 
  • Talking to your vet about tick bite prevention products for your pets.  

 

 

Michigan also offers tick identification resources to residents and visitors for free. Physical ticks can be placed in a container and mailed to MDHHS, or photos may be submitted to MDHHS-Bugs@michigan.gov 

 

Questions regarding ticks and other vectors should be directed to DHD#10’s Environmental Health Division at 888-217-3904.  

Additional information regarding ticks and Lyme disease can be found here: 

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