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2018-07-11 / Outdoor Life

Keep an Eye Out for Ticks


Shown here is a Blacklegged Tick, also known as a “deer tick.” Photo Courtesy of DEC Shown here is a Blacklegged Tick, also known as a “deer tick.” Photo Courtesy of DEC The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds people to enjoy the outdoors safely, and that includes checking themselves for ticks during and after outdoor recreation.

Ticks can transmit diseases, including Lyme disease, which is carried by the Blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick. The chances of being bitten by a deer tick or other tick are greater during warmer months.

Avoid ticks by wearing light-colored clothing, long sleeve and pants, and keeping your clothing tucked in. When hiking, stay on clear, well-traveled trails. Walk in the center of trails and avoid contact with vegetation such as high grass, bushy areas and leaf piles. Be sure to check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors and tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you go indoors. Before you head out, learn how to be safe from ticks.

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