As the snow melts and outdoor activities beckon, inter & # 39; er Health reminds residents to check for ticks.
Ticks are small bugs, about the size of sesame seed, which feed on the blood of humans and animals, and sometimes the transmission of diseases.
Ticks spread throughout BC Inter & # 39; ep and usually are in the tall grass and woodland. They are most easily found on humans or pets when they actually suck blood.
Mites dig into the skin of the bite, blood sampling, and then leave. Mouth feeding tick is located under the skin, but will stick backs. If they are full of blood, they are usually blue-gray in color. This is called the tick is poured.
Common symptoms of tick-borne infections include fever, headache, muscle pain and rash.
Species of ticks are most commonly found throughout the region Inter & # 39; er health – including Kamloops – tree ticks (Dermacentor andersoni). Wood ticks do not carry Lyme disease bacteria; However, they may carry other diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Ticks (Ixodes pacificus and Ixodes angustus) with & # 39 are species that transmit Lyme disease. They are distributed throughout coastal BC, but may be present in some areas of the inter & # 39; healthcare careers.
While less than one percent of Ixodes in BC carry Lyme disease, it is important to recognize the symptoms.
In addition to fever, headache and muscle pain, people infected with Lyme disease often & # 39 is a rash that looks like a "bull's eye" target, which extends from the site of the tick bite.
Some ticks can produce toxins that can cause temporary muscle weakness and paralysis, if not supplied within a few days. Once the tick is removed, the symptoms disappear.
what to do
It is important to remove ticks found on humans and domestic animals. To do this, wear gloves and use tweezers Needle nose to gently grasp the tick close to the skin. Pull the tick straight without squeezing it. Once it is removed, cleaned area with soap and water.
If the tick alive (live mites can be tested for Lyme disease), you can store it in an airtight container with a cotton swab dipped in water. Record the date of the bite on the container.
If you have questions or need help removing a tick, see your doctor or visit a walk in medical clinic.
While the majority of tick bites are harmless, it is important to watch out for signs of the disease and seek medical advice as soon as possible if you notice a rash bull's eyes or other symptoms. If you save the tick, take it with you to your medical appointment.
A number of precautions can be taken to prevent tick bites and tick-related diseases. For example, you should:
• Walk on cleared trails when in tall grass or wooded areas;
• Cover up wearing a hat, long sleeves and pants;
• Wear light-colored clothing to help spot ticks easily;
• Tuck pant legs into socks or boots;
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET to uncovered skin;
• Check clothing and scalp (covered or not) when leaving an area where ticks may live. Ask someone to help check hard to reach areas;
• There is a shower after returning from areas where ticks may live;
• Regularly check pets for ticks.
To keep ticks away from the house and the yard, you can:
• Keep your lawn short and remove any dead leaves and weeds;
• Keep a buffer zone, such as wood chip or gravel border between your lawn and wooded terrain or stone walls. Any gaming devices or gaming zones must be kept away from woodland;
• Pruning of trees to allow more sunlight in your yard;
• Keep the wooden piles, and the feeder away from home;
• Expand and support the following on your property.
For more information, visit the tick bites HealthLinkBC, by clicking here.