Find Ticks Before They Find you With the Vermont Health Department's Tick Tracker

Burlington, Vt. - The Vermont Health Department has a way for you see where ticks are in the area with its Tick Tracker. Officials say the tracker is where you can find and report ticks you find in the area.

“Vermonters can get ill with a tickborne diseases at any time of year, but ticks are very active right now, so most people get sick in June and July,” said Bradley Tompkins, infectious disease epidemiologist at the Health Department.

“Absolutely, we all should be out enjoying what Vermont has to offer – whether a walk in the woods, gardening or outdoor sports,” said Tompkins. “Just make it a priority before you go out the door to know the basic precautions for preventing tick bites,” added Tompkins.

The health department has a site you can check out with information on how to keep ticks away and what to do if you do find one on you. The department also offers the following tips on staying tick safe.

• Use an EPA-registered tick repellent on skin
• Apply permethrin to clothing
• Wear light-colored pants and long sleeves 
• Perform daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets
• Shower soon after spending time outdoors
• Use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin
• Pull the tick straight up, do not twist
• Wash hands and bite area with soap and water
• Put clothing into the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat Watch

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