(WXYZ) — Now that warmer weather is here, more Michiganders are heading outside. And while we may be practicing social distancing, pesky bugs are not.
Ticks in particular love warm, humid climates – so Michigan officials are encouraging you to protect ourselves when outdoors.
If you're practicing social distancing by spending some solo time outdoors this summer, you still might not be alone. Ticks live in humid environments, particularly wooded and grassy areas. Learn about preventing tick bites: https://t.co/KKirOLeuPK. pic.twitter.com/zS1p69HQm2— Oakland County Parks and Recreation (@OCParksAndRec) June 2, 2020
Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months from April to September.
Here a several tips from the CDC on how to prevent tick bites:
Before You Go Outdoors
After You Come Indoors
Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and daypacks.
Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and may be effective in reducing the risk of other tickborne diseases. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.
Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, including your own backyard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks: