Leavenworth Echo | Upper Wenatchee River Valley
Latest Leavenworth, Washington, weather
weather sponsored by
Leavenworth Properties

Subscription Login

Blewett pass
V Dans
Stevens pass
Snoqualamie Pass report
Got Mobile

home : activities : sports & outdoors June 28, 2016

5/8/2013 2:44:00 PM
Tick Season is Here, SRHD Urges Simple Precautions to Reduce Bites

With warm weather on its way to eastern Washington, residents should expect the number of ticks to rise. Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) urges people to take simple precautions to avoid being bitten this spring, summer and early fall.

"Different types of ticks carry different diseases," said Steve Main, technical advisor for SRHD's

Living Environment program.

Washington state has relatively few cases of tick-borne disease, yet each year a few cases of relapsing fever, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are reported to state health officials.

Main continued, "Avoid spending time in wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter, and stay on trails whenever possible."

Wear light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants; the light coloring will make ticks easier to see. Use a tick repellant containing at least 20 percent DEET to protect exposed skin.

Products containing permethrin can be used to treat clothing, footwear and gear. When returning from outdoor activities, carefully examine people, pets and the indoor environment for ticks.

If you discover a tick attached to your skin, it is important to remove it quickly. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with steady, even pressure. Avoid removing the tick with bare hands. Don't twist or jerk the tick, which may cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the parts with tweezers if possible.

After removing the tick, disinfect the area and wash your hands. Note the date that you found the tick attached to you in case you get sick. If you develop a fever, rash, or aches and pains within a month, let your health care provider know that you were bitten by a tick. This information may help your provider diagnose your illness.

As they did last year, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) invites people from all over the state to send ticks to the agency for a project to learn more about what types of ticks live in our state.

Dogs are also at risk for tick-borne diseases and are often the first in a group to pick up a tick.

Thoroughly check your dog for ticks, including between its toes. Run your fingers through its fur to help detect any bumps that might be ticks. Ask a veterinarian about the best ways to protect your pets and your environment from ticks.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search


All content copyright ©2015-2016 NCW Media, Inc.
Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved