Protecting You & Your Employees from Ticks and Mosquitoes
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During the spring and summer months, ticks and mosquitoes are most active putting outdoor workers at risk to bacteria, parasites, and viruses.
If you’re an employer of out-door workers it’s important you provide your workers with proper information regarding tick-borne diseases, transmissions, symptoms, and prevention. It’s also important to encourage symptoms & illness reporting.
Common Symptoms of Tick-borne Diseases Include:
How to Make Your Workplace Safe
Decrease tick population by:
Remove leaf litter
Keep grass mowed short
Set rodent traps of poisons & properly store food
Discourage deer with barriers
Eliminate standing water to decrease mosquito populations:
Remove; turn over, cover, or store equipment
Remove debris from ditches
Fill in areas that collection standing water
If a container collects water and cannot be discarded, place drain holes in the container to drain them out.
Protect Yourself and Encourage Your Employees To Do The Same
Wear long sleeves, long pants, and hats.
Tuck pants into socks or boots
Wear light-colored clothing for easy tick spotting
Use repellants such as Permethrin for greater protection.
Check skin and clothing for ticks daily
Wash and dry work clothes using the “hot” setting to kill any insects present
If you develop, any of the symptoms listed above seek medical attention immediately.
Proper Tick Removal
Remove the tick as soon as you notice it
Use fine-tipped tweezers to firmly grasp the tick very close to your skin, but be careful not to crush the tick’s body
With a steady motion, pull the ticks body away from the skin, like pictured below:
Do not be alarmed if the ticks mouthparts remain the skin, the tick can no longer transmit bacterial
Clean your skin with soap & warm water
DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.