It’s the summer time! Who doesn’t like to spend time in their yard, or in the woods, fields and mountains of Virginia. The CDC reports ticks can be found “in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas… [in] leaf litter or near shrubs”. Even in Hampton Roads ticks are a concern.
Ticks are insects who are members of the arachnid family that may be carrying disease. According to the CDC these diseases range from the most common, Lyme Disease, to Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI).
In order to continue to enjoy spending time with our families and friends outdoors this summer, we should consider protecting ourselves. Steps to protect ourselves from disease carrying ticks include keeping our lawns mowed, tucking the bottom of our pants into our hiking boots and proper tick identification.
If you do have a tick on your body the CDC recommends the proper way to remove the tick is with tweezers. While the CDC recommends disposal of the tick , the ODU Biology Department advises to “keep the tick in a plastic bag in your freezer for at least two weeks, and take the tick along to the doctor if any symptoms appear including fever, rash or fatigue”. Similarly the Virginia Department of Health recommends to keep the tick in alcohol or a plastic bag to give to your physicians if you become ill so that the tick can be easily identified.
Curious to learn more about ticks? Visit;
What You Need To Know About Ticks (Eastern Virginia Medical School)
Tick Bites (MedlinePlus)
Tick Talk (NIH News in Health)
The staff of the Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library wishes you a happy and healthy summer!
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Ruth M. Smith, MLIS