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Tickborne illnesses are most frequently transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months. Be tick smart and follow these four recommendations to decrease your risk of infection.

REPEL

  • Use an EPA-approved tick repellent on skin
  • Apply permethrin to clothing
  • Wear light-colored pants and long sleeves

INSPECT

  • Perform daily checks on yourself, you children and pets
  • Shower soon after spending time outdoors

REMOVE

  • Use tweezers to remove tick
  • Wash hands and bite area with soap and water
  • Put clothing in dryer for 10 minutes on high

WATCH

  • Watch for symptoms of tickborne diseases, such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue and joint pain
  • Most Vermonters with Lyme disease develop a rash, but 30% do not
  • If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider

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