Summer alert: avoiding and removing ticks

Summer days means summer play in the great outdoors., for both people and pets.  The best way to avoid ticks says the Town’s Dept. of Health is to keep your indoor-outdoor pets away from leaf litter, brush and tall weeds, and for you to wear light-colored clothing and tuck your long pants into the socks to keep ticks off your skin. 


The best way to remove a tick is grab a pair of tweezers and use them to grasp the tick’s mouth part as close to the skin as possible and pull the tick out with steady pressure until it releases. Do not yank the tick out. Do not pull on the body of the tick. Wash area with soap and water, dry, and apply topical antiseptic or rubbing alcohol.

Then, over the next 3-32 days, watch the area of the bite for early signs of Lyme disease infection that include an
  •  expanding red rash; f
  • lu-like symptoms of muscle aches, fatigue, or fever.

If you get any of these symptoms, contact your doctor right away.