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Aug 9

Ticks in Iowa

Posted By iamincontrol | August 9, 2018

There are over a dozen types of ticks that live in Iowa.. Ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF).

  • If a tick that carries Lyme disease bites you, the area may begin to look like a bull’s eye, with a red center and a red ring around a clear area.
  • If the tick carries RMSF, you may have a fever followed by flat, pink, itchy spots on your arms and legs.

If you have these symptoms, tell an adult and visit a doctor so you can get treatment.

You can protect yourself from ticks by:

  • Avoiding wooded areas or places with tall grass
  • Walking in the center of trails
  • Using insect repellent, that contains DEET
  • Wearing tall, light colored socks, pants, and long-sleeved shirts
  • Checking yourself and other after being outdoors

For more about ticks and Lyme disease, visit: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/lyme-disease.html