The three most common ticks in Ohio are The Blacklegged (deer) tick, The American dog (wood) tick and the Lone star tick.
Diseases spread by these ticks are an increasing concern in Ohio and are being reported to the Ohio Department of Health more frequently in the past decade, with Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) being the most common. The ODH no longer recommends tick testing for several reasons; you may not have been infected; it might delay treatment; you may have other tick bites that you don’t know about; and tests performed on ticks are not always accurate.
The following information will provide protection:
Wear repellent. Cover up by wearing long sleeves and long pants-Avoid areas where ticks are known to be such as wooded, brushy areas and tall grasses.
Shower soon after being outdoors.
Check for ticks daily. When removed within 48 hours of attaching they are VERY unlikely to pass disease on to YOU! – The best way to remove a tick is to use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pull upward away from your skin with steady, even pressure.
Do not bring the tick to the Logan County Health District. Dispose of a live tick by either putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape and disposing into a trash can, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Call your Primary health care provider if you get a fever, round “bull’s eye” rash, muscle aches, headache, joint pain or fatigue following a tick bite.
For additional information visit https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/bid/zdp/animals/ticks
Submitted by the Logan County Health District.