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Ticks and Tickborne Illness

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health cautions all residents to take precautions against tick bites while participating in outdoor activities.  Ticks are most active between the months of May through September byt can be found year-round.  Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation in Lyme disease incidence (57.4 per 100,000 persons), over six times higher than the overall national rate.  There are also several other tickborne diseases reported in the state.  

    To avoid being bitten by ticks

    • walk in the center of trails and avoid areas with high grass or leaf litter
    • use repellent that contains at least 20% DEET on exposed skin.  Use products that contain 0.5% permethrin on clothing
    • wear ligh-colored clothing, which will make it easier to see crawling ticks
    • conduct full-body tick checks (including pets) after spending time in tick habitat
    • bathe or shower within 2 hours after coming indoors

    If you find an attached tick, you should promptly remove it using fine-tipped tweezers.  The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on the removal of ticks at https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/removal/index.html


    photo by James Occi, MA, MS

Last Modified on May 15, 2017