Municipal Building, 60 Margaret King Ave., Ringwood, NJ 07456 | (973) 962-7037 | Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Home  |  Contact Us  |  Sitemap

Meet the Most Dangerous Animal in the Forest...

...the Tick!

 3 Species of Ticks Are Found In Our Area of NJ

 

  Black-Legged Tick (aka Deer Tick)

 
   American Dog Tick
   Lone Star Tick

click here to see how to identify these three kinds of ticks  

All 3 Kinds of Ticks Carry Serious Diseases

 Black Legged Tick

 American Dog Tick

 Lone Star Tick 

  • Lyme Disease
  • Bartonella
  • Babesia
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Erlichiosis
  • Powasson Virus
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tularemia
  • Erlichiosis
  • Tularemia
  • STARI


  The CDC estimates that 300,000 people a year are infected with Lyme Disease. About 50% of adult ticks in our area carry this disease. Click here to see symptoms of Lyme Disease


What To Do If You Find a Tick

●  If the tick is not attached (if it has not bitten you), grab it with a tissue.
●  If the tick has bitten you, remove it as soon as possible.
Use fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick close to the skin. Do not twist or jerk the tick—this may cause the mouth parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth parts with tweezers if possible. If not, leave them alone and let your skin heal. s With a steady motion, gently pull straight up until all parts of the tick are removed. s Do not use petroleum jelly, hot matches, nail polish remover or other products to remove a tick.
●   After removing the tick, clean your skin with soap and warm water.
●  Save the tick or take a photo.  This is important because if you become sick within the next 4-6 weeks, your doctor will be able to identify the tick making it easier to diagnose your illness.

 

If You Are Bitten By A Black-Legged Tick

   See your doctor
●   Show your doctor your photo or the saved tick to verify that it is a Black-legged tick
●   The  CDC recommends that 1 dose of doxycycline (200 mg) within 72 hours of removing a deer tick can significantly reduce the transmission of Lyme Disease

 

For More Information

http://www.lymedisease.org

http://www.tickencounter.org