PROTECTING AGAINST MOSQUITOES AND TICKS
This year’s very mild winter, combined with a wet, early spring, have significantly increased our tick and mosquito population. These “critters” can carry the increased risk of some serious disease—that affect both pets and people! Mercy Medical Center wants you to know how to protect yourself and your family by providing you with tips on reducing your risks. We want you to use care while enjoying the great outdoors this summer!
- Use insect repellent
- Wear appropriate clothing
- Be aware of PEAK mosquito hours -specifically dusk to dawn
- Mosquito proof your home–Drain standing water and install or repiar your screens
- AND, make sure you report dead birds to your local authorities.
While it’s a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks all year round, you need to be EXTRA vigilant in the warmer months, when ticks are the most active. Follow these tips to protect your family and pets.
- Avoid direct contact with ticks by avoiding wooded or busy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Walk in the center of trails
- Repel ticks with insect repellent that contains DEET or Permethrin. Parents, apply this product to your children—but avoid their hands, eyes and mouth
- Products that contain Permethrin can be used on your clothes—it will continue to protect through several washings.
Removing a Tick
If you find a tick on your body do you know how to remove it?
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find any ticks that may be crawling on you.
- Conduct a full-body search using a full-length mirror after you return from a tick-infested area.
- Parents, check your children –look under their arms, in and around the ears, behind the knees, between their legs and in their hair.
- Examine your pets and gear. Ticks can ride into your home on clothing and on your pets—then attach to a person later. Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for one hour to kill any remaining ticks.
If you need medical attention…local, convenient Mercy STATCARE facilities are ready to care for you. Click here to find STATCARE near you. https://www.cantonmercy.org/statcare
The folks at Mercy want you to be informed on how to stay healthy and have a great summer. For additional information, you can download these brochures on the dangers of disease from tick bites and mosquitoes, or call MERCY HEALTHCARE Connection at 330-489-1333 for mailed copies of these helpful brochures.
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