Ticks cannot jump or fly, but often climb grasses and shrubs in order to come in contact with people or animals walking by so they can attach themselves and feed on blood.
Ticks have the potential to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease. Most tick-borne diseases require the tick to be attached and feeding for several hours before the person gets infected. Tick bites are often painless at first and most people do not know they have been bitten so checking yourself and your pet for ticks immediately after being in an infested area is important.
Numerous species of ticks exist in the United States and worldwide, but not all species of ticks transmit disease. If you need assistance identifying a tick, try contacting your local health department or university extension office for assistance.
- Check yourself, your children and your pets regularly and remove any ticks you may find.
- When outdoors try to avoid contact with tall grasses and shrubs that may be harboring ticks.
- Wear closed-toed shoes and light-colored clothing so you can see ticks on your clothing. Tuck pant legs into socks to prevent ticks from finding your ankles.
- Consider using a tick repellent on exposed skin and clothing according to label directions. Many insect repellents are also effective against ticks, our Insect Repellent Locator, or My Repellent Finder App, can help you find one that will meet your needs.
- Reduce the ticks in your yard by keeping leaf litter, tall grasses, shrubs and bushes away from areas you use regularly.
- Keeping deer and rodents out of your yard can help to reduce the number of ticks.
- If further tick control around your home is necessary, you may also consider treating your yard with pesticides designed to control ticks. Always read and follow label directions.
- Pets can bring ticks into your home. Consider talking to your veterinarian about the options for controlling ticks on your pets.