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As winters become milder in the northeast, what we formerly knew as “tick season” becomes a nearly year-round concern. Consistently warmer temperatures allow ticks more time to seek hosts, therefore increasing the risk of tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease. Here’s how you can protect yourself from ticks in Massachusetts all year long.

How to Prevent Tick Bites

best Massachusetts tick controlThe first step to reducing your risk of tick-borne diseases is bite prevention. Protect yourself with these tips:

  • Be aware of where ticks live: Avoid tall grass and brush and stick to the center of trails.
  • Choose the right clothing: Wear long sleeves and pants, tucked into tall socks if possible. Lighter colored clothing makes it easier to spot any ticks that have chosen to hitchhike on you.
  • Frequent body checks: Know how to properly check yourself and others for ticks, including pets that are outdoors with you.
  • Repellent: Use an EPA-approved repellent, and consult your veterinarian for the best options for treating pets.

How to Safely Remove a Tick

Safe tick removal MassachusettsShould you find that, despite your best efforts, you have become a host, knowing how to safely remove a tick can help reduce your risk of disease.

  • Using pointed tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the head as possible. Do not grab by the body.
  • Pull the tick straight out until the head is removed. Do not wiggle or twist.
  • Dispose of the tick in the toilet or in a closed trash can, wrapped in tissue.
  • Clean the bite area with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Signs of Tick-Borne Disease

If you have been bitten, consult your doctor if you experience the following:

  • Red ring or rash
  • Fever
  • Body aches or joint pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

The best Massachusetts tick control

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