Pennsylvania – While you’re having adventures outdoors this summer, be on the lookout for ticks. We have a list of

It might surprise you that ticks aren’t insects… they’re actually more closely related to mites, spiders, and scorpions. Ticks are usually small and a shade of brown, they may be difficult to spot on the skin, or even misidentified as a mole. Managing ticks in your yard depends on correctly identifying the pest as a tick.

Homeowners can help reduce the number of ticks near their home, by maintaining their lawn, and by clearing shrubbery, dead leaves, and grasses.

Dr. Mark Beavers from Orkin Pest Control gives some advice about the creepy, crawly creatures.

The CDC’s Dr. Christina Nelson lists some other steps that you should take, to protect yourself from diseases carried by ticks.

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The best way to avoid tickborne diseases is to keep ticks from biting you. Avoid areas with high grass and leaf-litter. When hiking, walk in the center of trails.

You can use repellent that contains 20 percent or more of Deet, Picaridin, or IR3535 on your exposed skin. Follow the directions on the label to ensure safety for adults and children. Treat clothing and gear with products that contain Permethrin or shop for pretreated clothing.

Bathe or shower soon after coming indoors to wash off and more easily find crawling ticks before they bite.

Pay close attention to checking hair, in and around ears, underarms, and behind the knees.

Remove all attached ticks as soon as you find them.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick and develop fever, chills, aches, or a rash within a few weeks, see your healthcare provider.

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