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:

  1. Using pointy tweezers, grasp as close to the skin as possible and pull straight upward with steady pressure.
  2. Avoid squeezing or crushing the middle of the tick.
  3. Wash bite site, hands, and tools with soap and water
  4. 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:

Important ticks in Ohio:


Lone star tick –      Amblyomma americanum

American dog tick – Dermacentor variabilis

Longhorned tick – Haemaphysalis longicornis


Deer tick – Ixodes scapularis







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