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    Lyme Disease

    In your yard:

    • Keep ticks away by mowing your lawn often and remove brush. Stack wood neatly and in dry areas.
    • Keep playground toys, decks, and patios away from wooded areas.
    • Keep deer away by not feeding deer on your property, make a barrier to keep deer from going onto your yard, and get rid of plants that attract deer.

    When outdoors:

    • Wear light colored clothes, long pants, long sleeves, and socks. Tuck in your shirt and tuck pant legs into your boots or socks.
    • Check for ticks after being outdoors, even when you are in your own yard.
    • Bathe or shower (preferably within 2 hours) after coming indoors.
    • Wash and dry clothing at a high temperature to kill any ticks that may remain on your clothing.

    Use repellent when outdoors:

    • Follow the label directions. Do not spray repellent in enclosed areas.
    • Put a small amount of repellent on your hands and apply it to your child. Do not let children touch repellents. Repellents containing DEET should not be used on children under two months old.
    • Use insect repellent containing a 20-30% concentration of DEET on clothes and on bare skin. Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin. 
    • Do NOT use repellents containing permethrin directly on your skin.
    • Do NOT spray repellent directly on your face, especially near the eyes or mouth. Apply a small amount of repellent near the ears. Do NOT use repellent on cuts, wounds, or on irritated skin.
    • Wash your treated skin with soap and water after returning indoors. If you have a reaction to a repellent, wash the treated skin with soap and water right away and call your doctor.




    Lyme Data

    Tick App

    There's an app for that!

    Available for Apple and Android devices, this app helps identify ticks and lists prevention tips and tick disease signs and symptoms. Download it today!


    Check for ticks:

    • Do a full body tick check on yourself, your children, and your pets after being outdoors.
    • Check your body for ticks especially your scalp, neck, armpits, groin, and ankles.
    • Look carefully when checking for ticks because they can be a small as a poppy seed!

    How to remove a tick:

    • Take pointed tweezers to the tick’s head or mouth, where it enters the skin.
    • Pull the tick firmly up, in a steady motion, away from the skin.
    • Clean the bite with soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide.
    • Keep a record of the date, time, and where you were bitten.
    • Get rid of the tick by placing it in a container of rubbing alcohol.

    Call your healthcare provider:

    • If a tick has been attached to your skin for more than 36 hours, or
    • If you had a tick bite and develop symptoms. Symptoms can include a skin rash known as “bull's-eye rash", commonly seen on thighs, groin, trunk, and armpits. It appears from 3-30 days with an average of 7 days. Other symptoms may include fever, fatigue, chills, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

    Serious long-term complications can range from arthritis to facial palsy, headache, meningitis, neuropathy, impaired memory, and heart rhythm irregularities.




    CDC - Relative sizes of blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) at different life stages




    NYS DOH How to Safely Remove A Tick Card


    Safely Remove A Tick (PDF)



    For more information about Ticks and Lyme Disease:

    NY State Department of Health (NYS DOH) - Lyme Disease and Other Diseases Carried by Ticks

    NYS DOH - Ticks & Lyme Disease A Guide for Preventing Lyme Disease

    NYS DOH - Be Tick Free A Guide for Preventing Lyme Disease

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Ticks

    CDC - Lyme Disease

    CDC - Lyme Disease Transmission

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Tips to Prevent Tick Bites

    EPA - Find the Repellent that is Right for You

    Onondaga County Office of the Environment - The Deer Tick

    Onondaga County Office of the Environment - Tick Prevention and Resources (PDF)

    Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Onondaga County - Dear Tick

    Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Ticks

    NYC Health - Tick ID and Removal Card (PDF)


    Lyme Disease Brochure


    Lyme Disease Fact Sheet


    Lyme Prevention Flyer




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