Tick Safety and Awareness
Going outside is a great way to enjoy life and improve your health and wellness. Even though the Great Outdoors has so much to offer, there are some things to keep in mind when enjoying it. Items like sunburn, poison ivy and others cause people to prepare accordingly with sunscreen or long attire. Similar preparation needs to occur for ticks as they carry a number of diseases that can have extremely adverse effects on us. In the United States alone, there are nearly a half MILLION cases of tick-borne illnesses each year, with a quarter of those cases being our children. This doesn't mean the solution is to live in a bubble, but there is a lot we can do to help ourselves!

This email will help educate you on local tick information, how to prevent and what to do if you encounter ticks.
The first step of fighting against ticks is learning about them. In Pennsylvania, we generally deal with 4 different types of tick species, the American dog tick, the black-legged tick (deer tick), the brown dog tick and the lone star tick. The one we hear about most is the deer tick, due to the threat of carrying Lyme disease.
Tick borne illness is a major threat to humans, especially Lyme disease. While the threat needs to be taken seriously, we can still explore the outdoors. Take solace in the fact that the onset of Lyme disease isn't immediate, in fact the ticks need to be attached for over a day before the disease can be transmitted!
Preventing ticks isn't the easiest task, but there are a number of things that you can do to protect you and your family. Not only can you do things to protect yourself when you go out, you can also do a number of things to prevent them from inhabiting areas like your yard. A start to prevention is treating your clothing with repellent that contains .5% permethrin. To ensure your family is safe, make sure you check any time you spend time in your yard or in wooded areas, you can even use this song!

Learn more avoidance tips at the links below!
If you find a tick that has already bitten you, it's time to act! You may have heard that you want to get the tick to release on their own, but that is not true, so please don't waste time heating them up for removal. Your focus should be finding a pair of tweezers, grabbing them as close to your skin as possible and pulling them straight out in a steady manner. Monitor the bite site over the next few hours and days and if redness remains or appears, please call your doctor.

Read up on other removal tips below.
Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation | 610-828-7276 | parksandrecreation@whitemarshtwp.org