Sometimes the smallest pests are the scariest. This summer, ticks are a national concern. Why are they suddenly all over the news? NPR reported that over the past 50 years, scientists have found 11 other diseases aside from Lyme that are spread by ticks. We’ve detailed the top symptoms of these 12 tick-borne diseases in a handy tip card and created a quick removal guide to help you navigate the spread of these minuscule menaces.

Symptoms of a Tick Borne-Illness (Source: CDC)

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Unfortunately, a lot of these symptoms are present with other illnesses, which is why we encourage preventative measures and awareness about the process of removing them. It also doesn’t help that ticks can be as small as a couple millimeters in length.

How to Prevent & Remove A Tick (Source: CDC, CDC)

Tick Removal
Tick Prevention
  1. Avoid Direct Contact: steer clear of heavily wooded areas and stick to the middle of the trail.
  2. Repel Ticks on Skin & Clothing: wear repellant and make sure you choose a good one.
  3. Remove Ticks: wash off after being outside, do a tick check (don’t miss under the arms, inside the belly button, behind the knees, and in the hair), check your pets and clothes, and tumble dry your clothes on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

Make sure to see a doctor if a fever or rash shows up within a couple weeks. It’s always better to get checked out instead of waiting for symptoms to persist.

We hope our tips and prevention guides are helping keep you safe, healthy, and happy this summer. If you missed the last one on heat exhaustion, check it out here!