INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State health officials are cautioning Indiana residents
to protect themselves from disease-carrying ticks now that the outdoors
season is in full swing.
Ticks are parasites related to spiders that attach themselves to humans and
animals and feed on their blood. They can spread Lyme disease and other
State veterinary epidemiologist Jennifer House says ticks can be removed
with tweezers or forceps by grasping the tick as close to the skin as
possible and pulling upward without squeezing the tick.
She says people should check themselves for ticks after venturing into
grassy or wooded areas. The best way to avoid ticks is by wearing
long-sleeved shirts and light-colored pants with the shirt tucked in at the
waist and the pants tucked into socks.
Using repellents can provide even more protection.