When does tick season start in Ohio?

Simple precautions like using insect repellant and covering your skin when going out in the woods are an easy way to keep them out.

TOLEDO, Ohio – As many people are starting to venture out for the summer, health officials want to make sure everyone stays healthy, and that means checking for ticks.

Simple precautions like using insect repellant and covering your skin when going out in the woods are an easy way to keep them out.

“Long sleeves when walking in the woods make sure you check yourself to make sure you have no ticks,” said Eric Zgodzinski, Toledo-Lucas County Health Commissioner.

If you find a tick on you, your child, or your pet, don’t panic. Get a pair of tweezers, grab them as best you can and pull them up. Do not twist or jerk the tweezers or pour anything on your skin.

Once it’s turned off, clean the bite area with soap and water.

You can get rid of the tick by flushing it down the toilet. And if you don’t have any signs of illness, you are on the safe side.

“If you get a fever, chills, joint pain, and a rash, these are all tick-borne disease concerns,” said Dr. Jeff Swartz, a family doctor at Mercy Health.

Additionally, pet owners should ensure that their pets are taking the correct tick medication, as recommended by their veterinarian.

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