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Ticks in Florida
Because they can spread illnesses, ticks are among the most concerning pests in Florida. Residents of the Sunshine State should take special precautions to protect themselves from ticks. Read on for more details.
Are There Ticks in Florida?
Yes, according to the Florida Department of Health, Florida is home to several types of ticks. See our Florida tick identification chart below to get more information on the most common ticks:
When is Tick Season in Florida?
Ticks are most active in Florida throughout the spring and summer. Residents that are engaging in outdoor activities should thus take precautions to prevent tick bites during the warmest Florida months.
Are Ticks “Bad” in Florida?
Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis are the two most common tick-borne diseases reported in the state, according to the Florida Department of Health. Fortunately, if you are proactive you can do your best to minimize risk.
Even during the “bad” season, in order to limit exposure to ticks in Florida, we recommend taking the following steps:
- When spending time outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, closed-toe shoes, and long pants, if possible. We also recommend wearing light colored clothing, to make it easier to identify ticks.
- If walking or hiking in wooded areas, try to remain in the middle of the trail. Avoid vegetation, as ticks may be present.
- After spending any time outdoors, be sure to check yourself, your family, and your pets for ticks.
- Finally, we recommend wearing insect repellent with at least 20% DEET.
What to Do If You Are Bitten by a Tick in Florida
If you find signs of a tick bite and don’t know the type of tick, you may want to consult a health professional. If you discover a tick on you, perhaps in the process of biting you, take the following action:
- Expose the tick by gently pulling back any body hair.
- Using fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the head of the tick. Avoid grasping the tick’s body, as you may accidentally inject the tick’s blood into the skin.
- In a straight motion, pull the tick’s head off the skin. Avoid twisting or wiggling.
- After the tick is removed, dispose of it by wrapping it tightly in tissue and placing it in a trash receptacle with a lid. Wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water.
- If a rash or fever develops within several weeks of the tick being removed, contact a doctor.
Find a Tick Exterminator in Florida Today
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