The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is reminding hikers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to be “tick smart”. Tom Rogers of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends following the Vermont Department of Health guidelines.
Before going outside, apply an EPA registered insect repellent on your skin, and treat your clothes with permethrin. Wear light-colored, long sleeved shirts and long pants, and tuck your pants into your socks. Do daily tick checks on yourself, your children and pets, and remove ticks immediately. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has proven effective in washing ticks off of the skin before they attach.
If you’re bitten by a tick, contact your health care provider if you experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue, or joint pain.
For more tips on staying tick safe outdoors, see the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department homepage, at vtfishandwildlife.com.