Until recently Lyme disease has not been a major concern with ticks here in MI. But check out these numbers of diagnosed Lyme in MI since 2015. In 2015, 152 people were diagnosed with Lyme Disease. In 2016, there were 228 reported diagnoses, and in 2017, it increased again to 291. Some signs and symptoms that you’ve contracted Lyme include a target/bulls eye rash, achy joints, fatigue, headaches, dizziness etc. Below you can find the map distribution of Lyme risk here in MI in 2019. Lyme is usually transmitted through the Black Legged/deer tick.
Finally here are a few tips to help keep those nasty ticks away!
- Avoid tick-infested areas, including overgrown grass and brushes. If you go out to enjoy a nature trail, walk on the center of the trails.
- Consider applying a repellent containing DEET or Picaridin on exposed skin. Repellent should have at between 20% to 30% worth of DEET inside.
- People can treat their clothing with permethrin, especially pants, socks and shoes. Permethrin can kill ticks and you can buy clothing that is pre-treated. Do not put Permethrin directly onto skin.
- Check for ticks daily by inspecting your body once you’ve come indoors from being outside. It’s also a good idea to check your animals for ticks.
- If you find a tick on your body, remove the tick with tweezers. To remove a tick, grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic. You can also save the tick to be tested to see if it carries Lyme disease.
- Take a bath or a shower when you get inside, preferably within the first two hours of being indoors.
- Wash your clothing in hot water and put it in the dryer on high heat to kill any ticks that could remain on clothing.
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