5 Top TickSmart Actions to Keep Your Family TickSafe

Linking Tick Science With People's Lived Experiences

Our Goal: EMPOWERING YOU TO BE PROACTIVE AND PROTECTED.

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Know

Learn what stage tick it is (larva, nymph, adult, partially fed, fully fed). Determine whether a certain tick has the potential to transmit disease and it's seasonal activity patterns. Be prepared for your next trip into tick habitat with our Current Tick Activity application.

Tick Identification Chart | Current Tick Activity


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Perform

Protect yourself and your family with proven strategies to prevent tick bites. Clothing-only repellents and daily checks are among the most effective to prevent yourself from getting a tick-borne disease.

Protect Yourself | Tick Removal | Tick Bite Locator


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Wearing tick repellent clothing is the best-- and easiest --way for people to prevent tick bites when they venture outdoors. Did you know you can turn your own favorite clothes into tick repellent clothes? Your comfortable gardening pants, lucky golf shorts, hiking socks, everything for the kids to take to summer camp….all professionally treated with an invisible, odorless, EPA registered, tick repellent (permethrin) that remains effective through 70 washes!

Tick Repellent Clothing | Should I Wear Tick Repellent Clothing? | Insect Shield Your Own Clothes


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Treat

The single most effective way to reduce blacklegged (deer) ticks in your yard is by insecticide applications that are applied mainly to the yard perimeter, shady perennial beds or along trails and paths in woods. Perimeter spray treatments are eco-friendly by limiting the amount of pesticide being applied, and targeting the areas where people most frequently come into contact with deer ticks.

Certified tick control interview | Protect Your Yard | Perimeter Sprays


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Protect

Pets are important to your family, and protecting them from tick-bites and tick-borne disease should be part of your tick bite prevention program. Not only do you want to keep your pets healthy, but dogs and cats that roam in tick areas can be a risk to your family by bringing ticks to you when you least expect it.

TickSpotter Network | Protect Your Pets | Tick Control on Pets | Immunization