Ticks borne disease is a rising public health threat in Ohio and much of the United States.
Prevent Tick borne disease by following these recommendations:
- Conduct frequent tick checks.
- Wear light-colored clothing, minimize exposed skin, and tuck pants into socks.
- Wear Permethrin-treated clothing. These can be purchased or you can treat your own clothes with Permethrin.
- Apply DEET (25%) repellant to skin, follow label instructions (DEET is not sufficient by itself).
- Hike on trails and avoid tall grass when possible.
- To protect pets, talk to your veterinarian about anti-tick products.
If you find a tick on yourself or a pet, follow these instructions to remove it:
- Using pointy tweezers, grasp as close to the skin as possible and pull straight upward with steady pressure.
- Avoid squeezing or crushing the middle of the tick.
- Wash bite site, hands, and tools with soap and water
- Store tick in rubbing alcohol for identification and watch for symptoms. Contact your physician if you notice any symptoms.
For more information on identification, removal, prevention, testing, and diseases transmitted by ticks, see these helpful links:
- Useful resources and advice from Ohio Department of Public Health
- DIY Tick Identification
- Submit your tick to Franklin County Public Health for Identification
- Submit a picture of your tick for identification
- Get your tick tested for certain pathogens
- Treating your clothing to prevent ticks
- Current tick activity in the USA
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: List of Tick Borne Diseases
- CDC Powassan Virus Homepage
- Information about Alpha-gal allergy
- Asian Longhorned Tick Fact Sheet 2020
Important ticks in Ohio: