The peak time for contracting Lyme disease is April through July. To decrease your risk of exposure to Lyme disease, transmitted by an infected deer tick, take these precautions:
What to do if you find a tick
Use fine tipped tweezers to grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible. Slowly pull the tick away from the skin, then clean the area with antiseptic. Or try placing an insect repellent soaked Q-Tip on the tick. A physician may have to remove the tick if it becomes embedded in the skin. Since all ticks are not infected, a bite does not always cause Lyme disease. Even when the tick is infected, it may not transfer the disease to you. However, the longer an infected tick is attached to your skin, the greater your risk of getting Lyme disease.
Be alert for these symptoms
For more info see an OSHA Trade News Release
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