Not Your First Bite?
If you've received a tick bite in the past, your risk of exposure to ticks in Maine is increased, as is your risk of contracting a tick-borne disease.
Check Your Whole Body for Ticks!
Every time you are out in or near woods, or other tick habitat, be sure to check yourself, your kids, and your pets.
Check your clothing for ticks as soon as you come indoors. Remove any ticks you find. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes is also effective in killing ticks.
Shower within two hours of coming indoors. This has been shown to reduce the risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to check your whole body for ticks.
How to check for ticks: Do your check someplace private like the bathroom, and use a mirror or have a partner/parent help. Remember, ticks come in three sizes, with the smallest smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
- Run your fingers through the scalp, feel for any bumps. Separate hair into sections using a wide-tooth comb and inspect the scalp.
- Check in and around the ears and neck. Be sure to lift long hair to check the neck, especially the nape.
- Inspect between your fingers and toes.
- The underarm area and behind the knees are tick favorites. Ticks love warm places and areas that provide some protection or cover, like skin folds or creases.
- Check in the belly button, around the waist and back. Even on flat open skin, ticks can attach.
- Check the pelvic and private areas and between the legs.
- Scan the entire body. A tick can sometimes resemble a mole.
Did you find a tick?
- Learn how to remove it the right way!
- Don't panic! Deer ticks usually do not transmit Lyme bacteria right away. Few people are infected before the tick has been feeding for 36 hours. Diagnosed in early stages, both Lyme disease and anaplasmosis are easily and effectively treated with oral antibiotics.