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The DuPage County Health Department has had reported incidents of Lyme disease in the area. The Village of Itasca will be treating the Nature Center grounds in an attempt to reduce the tick and mosquito population.
Warmer weather is
here and as you make plans to be outdoors, be sure to take steps to guard
against ticks. Ticks are a threat year-round, but they are more active in
warmer months-especially April through September.
Ticks live in and
near wooded areas, tall grass and weeds, and where the ground is covered with
leaves. Ticks can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
To protect against
tick bites and the diseases they can spread, take these steps:
Keep your grass mowed and control weeds around your home.
Remove leaf litter.
Clear tall grasses and brush around your home and at the edge of your
Wear a white or light-colored long-sleeved shirt and long pants tucked
into your socks or boots when you are outdoors.
Wear a hat or head covering for added protection.
Check for ticks on your clothing often.
Apply insect repellent containing DEET to your clothes and exposed skin
(except the face and hands).
in the center of trails to avoid leaf litter and tall grass.
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably
within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on
Check for ticks on
children, pets and yourself when returning from outdoors. If you find a tick,
remove it right away by using fine-point tweezers to gently pull it straight
After removing the
tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an
iodine scrub, or soap and water.
Ticks can spread
diseases that may cause serious illness and death. If you have a rash, or
become sick with a fever after a tick bite, it is important to see a doctor.
DuPage County residents with questions about
ticks may call the Health Department at (630) 682-7400.
Other tick and
mosquito information available:
Don’t Let a Tick
Make You Sick!
Ticks and Lyme
How to prevent
tick bites when hiking and camping