Last year over 20,000 people in Connecticut were infected with Lyme disease from tick bites according to State and Federal Public Health officials. Other tick-borne diseases, such asBabesiosis andPowassan encephalitis,are also on the rise in the Northeast.Public Works, Park & Recreation, summer camp counselors and campers, athletic coaches and athletes, and other public school employees who work out-of-doors may be exposed to tick bites and the diseases they carry this summer. Ways of avoiding tick bites include --
Stay on trails and paths, and avoid areas with high grasses and weedy underbrush.
Wear a hat and light-colored clothing (so ticks can be easily spotted), including long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into boots or socks.
Use insect repellents. Reapply repellents as needed. (Always follow products labels).
Use insecticides such as permethrin for greater protection on clothing, but not on skin. One application to pants, socks, and shoes may be effective through several washings.
Check skin and clothing for ticks daily.
Wash and dry work clothes using the “hot” settings to kill any ticks present.
Ticks should be removed immediately by using fine-tipped tweezers.