Individuals with exposure to wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter are at greatest risk of tick exposure. Residents can reduce the likelihood of a tick bite by:

  • walking in the center of trails and avoiding areas with high grass and leaf litter;
  • using EPA-approved insect repellents on exposed skin;
  • using products that contain 0.5% permethrin to pre-treat shoes, clothing, and gear;
  • wearing light-colored clothing, which will make it easier to see crawling ticks;
  • conducting full-body tick checks (including pets) after spending time in tick habitats;
  • bathing or showering within two hours after coming indoors; and
  • placing clothing worn outdoors in the dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks.

If an attached tick is found, it should be promptly removed using fine-tipped tweezers.
The tick should be grasped as close to the skin’s surface as possible and pulled upward with steady, even pressure.
CDC’s directions for tick removal can be found online.

Find the Tickborne Disease Dashboard and more information on tickborne diseases at the Department of Health’s website.​