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Summer Tips: Preventing Ticks and Tick-Borne Illness

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Be vigilant about preventing tick bites during the warm summer months and early fall. 

*Use insect repellent with 20 - 30% DEET or permethrin to prevent bites

*Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) 

*Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror (or a "tick buddy") to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas 

*Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs

For more information about preventing tick bites, click here.


If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. Several tick removal devices are available on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick effectively.  Click here for tips on how to remove a tick.

Deer ticks, or blacklegged ticks, may transmit Lyme disease or other illnesses.  If you identify your attached tick as a deer tick (see graphic below) AND it has been attached for more than 36 hours please contact Dick's House for further medical advice (603-646-9401).  In some cases, medication may be used to prevent Lyme disease.  If the tick is not a deer tick or is known to have been attached for less than 36 hours this medication will not be necessary or helpful.


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If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, contact Dick's House for an appointment.  Be sure to tell the provider about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

For more information about Lyme and other tickborne disease click here.



Read the Dartmouth Zika Information letter for community members traveling to regions affected by Zika virus here.

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Zika is an emerging infection that can be transmitted through mosquito bites and sexual activity.  Many people infected with Zika virus won't have any symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.  Severe disease is uncommon.  Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.

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For more information on Zika prevention visit the CDC website.

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Last Updated: 10/12/16