Spring, Summer, and Fall are TICK season!
Valdes Islanders are already discovering deer ticks on their persons and pets. The warm mild temperatures of spring are bringing these critters out, so please remember to check yourselves, and your pets, and have a friend check you too! Here's some handy information, also available from WorkSafeBC.
How can I protect myself from tick bites?
- Wear light coloured clothing, tuck your top into your pants, and tuck your pants into your boots or socks.
- Use insect repellent that contains 20-30 percent DEET.
- Take a shower as soon as you can after working outdoors.
- Look for ticks on your body. Ticks are often found on the legs, thighs, back, arms, underarms, groin, behind the ears, and above the hairline.
What should I do if a tick bites me?
The most important thing is to make sure that you remove all of the tick, including the mouth parts that are buried in your skin. Also, do not squeeze the body of the tick when you are removing it. This can force its stomach contents into the wound and increase the chance of infection.
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to,