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Ticks in Arizona
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the number of yearly recorded Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases in the state has increased each year from 2014 to 2018. Because of this, residents of Arizona need to take precautions to protect themselves and their families when spending time outdoors.
Are There Ticks in Arizona?
There are more than 25 species of ticks found in the state of Arizona. The most common types of ticks are:
When is Tick Season in Arizona?
Tick season in Arizona starts in April and usually lasts through October, due to the state’s warm climate.
Tick-Borne Diseases in Arizona
Tick-borne diseases are relatively rare in Arizona, but the most commonly one is Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fortunately, there are plenty of precautions you can take to prevent tick bites:
- Always be vigilant when going near vegetation outdoors. When possible, wear long-sleeved clothing and closed-toe shoes to limit skin exposure. Additionally, consider wearing bright and light colored clothing to help spot ticks more easily.
- Be sure to wear insect repellent with at least 20% DEET.
- When hiking or walking in areas with vegetation, avoid brushing any bushes or leaves, as that is where ticks are mostly likely to transfer on to you.
- After spending time outside, always carefully check yourself for ticks. Also check your family and pets. It is possible for dogs and cats to bring ticks in the house with them.
What to Do If You Are Bitten by a Tick in Arizona
If you find a tick on the skin, follow these steps for safe removal:
- Expose the tick by gently pulling back any hair that may be covering it.
- With a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick’s head. Do not grasp its body as this may cause the tick’s blood to be injected into the skin.
- Pull the tick’s head out from the skin. Avoid twisting or wiggling the tick.
- Once the tick is removed, dispose of it in a trash receptacle with a lid or flush it down the toilet. Wash the bite mark and your hands using soap and water.
- If you develop a fever or a rash around the tick bite area, consult a doctor.
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