- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department is warning people to be “tick smart” now that warm weather has arrived and people want to spend time outside.

The department says that even though cases of tick-borne diseases are up, people can enjoy being outside by knowing how to avoid ticks.

Basic protections urged by the health department include using an EPA-registered tick repellent on the skin, applying permethrin to clothing and wearing light-colored pants and long sleeves.

People should also check themselves, children and pets daily for ticks and shower soon after spending time outdoors. People who find ticks should use tweezers to grab the tick up close to skin, pulling it straight up without twisting. Then wash hands and the bite area with soap and water.


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