Tick Bite Prevention Week runs through Friday and the State Department of Health is doing their part to spread awareness.
New Yorkers are warned that as the weather warms and they resume outdoor activities, ticks will be out more prevalently. To avoid being bitten and risking the spread of illnesses like Lyme disease, there are preventative steps to take like wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts, checking for ticks often while outdoors, and performing a full body check multiple times during the day.
If you do find a tick on yourself, it should be removed immediately preferably with fine point tweezers. Grasp the tick as close as possible to its attachment to the skin and remove it by pulling upward with steady, even pressure without squeezing the tick’s body. Once removed the bite should then be cleaned thoroughly with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.