Tick-borne diseases on the rise in St. Lawrence County
Over the past five years, tick-borne diseases such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Lyme Disease have been on the rise in St. Lawrence County.
While most tick-borne infections occur during the summer months, ticks may be active well into the fall and throughout the hunting season.Ticks live in grassy or wooded areas and feed on the blood of animals such as deer, rabbits, and bears but will bite people too.
Hunting may bring you in close contact with ticks.
If you develop a fever, rash, headaches, or joint pain in the weeks following a hunting trip see your doctor immediately.
Tickborne diseases can be treated effectively when caught early but when ignored may lead to long-term health problems.
Before the Hunt:
Treat gear and clothing with .5% permethrin
Use EPA-registered insect repellents
Treat dogs for ticks
Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside your clothing
During the Hunt:
Walk in the center of the trails when possible
Wear gloves when dressing or butchering game and wash hands thoroughly afterward
After the Hunt:
Shower immediately after being outdoors
Check your body for ticks daily
Check dogs for ticks
Remove any attached ticks
Watch for fever, rash or flu-like illness even if you don’t remember being bitten by a tick
Permethrin is a broad-spectrum EPA-registered pesticide that targets biting insects such as ticks. Since 1990, permethrin has been approved as a spray for use on clothing and gear such as boots, pants, socks, and tents. Treating your clothing with permethrin can help protect you from tick bites.
When applying permethrin:
Always put on protective gloves
Always read the directions before you begin
Lay clothing to be treated on a flat surface
Spray clothing with 0.5% permethrin according to the directions
Allow the clothes to completely dry before use
Never apply permethrin directly to skin
Wash permethrin-treated clothing separately from other clothes
Re-treat clothing as needed to continue repelling ticks
Tick Bite: What to Do
Remove the Tick as Soon as Possible
• Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as you can
• Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick
• After removing the tick, clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water
• Dispose of the tick by flushing it down the toilet. If you would like to bring the tick to your healthcare provider for identification, put it in rubbing alcohol and place the tick in a sealed bag/container.
Call your Healthcare Provider
• Most tickborne diseases can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. However, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible as many tickborne diseases can become more challenging to diagnose and treat in the long-term.
Watch for Symptoms for 30 Days
• Muscle Pain
• Joint pain and swelling