ALBANY, N.Y. - Officials are urging New Yorkers to take precautions to prevent diseases spread from ticks as warmer weather arrives across the state.
A press release says ticks are active when the weather stays above freezing, typically from April through November.
“While New Yorker’s are out taking advantage of the Spring weather, it is important to ensure safety remains a top priority,” Governor Cuomo said. “New Yorkers of all ages should take a few moments to educate themselves about the health risks associated with tick bites and take proper precautions to protect themselves from them."
Here are some ways you can prevent getting bitten by ticks:
- Make sure shirts are tucked in and pants are tucked into socks;
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants;
- Wear light colored clothing, this makes it easier to spot and remove ticks;
- Check for ticks every two to three hours while outside. Brush off ticks before they get a chance to bite;
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors. This will help wash off ticks and make it easier to find ticks on your body;
- Perform fully body check multiple times a day and at the end of the day.
A press release says repellents can also provide protection against ticks. It's recommended to use a repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Animals are also susceptible to tick bites. Officials say dogs are more susceptible to getting tick bites than cats and recommend using a tick preventative product. They say it's important to check pets daily for ticks, remove any right away, and talk to your vet about tick prevention and treatment.
Additional information about tick-borne diseases and recommended precautions can be found at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/.