It’s easy to associate ticks with the spring time, but these sneaky arachnids are also very active between mid-August and November. Fortunately, our friends at Lyme Connection distribute a compact tick kit, free of charge. Conveniently, you can pick up one at RVNAhealth — when you come in for your flu shot, or are just in the neighborhood during our headquarters hours.
What’s in a Tick Kit?
Several items to help you stay tick-free in the great outdoors including:
Insect repellent to make your skin a less-than desirable environment for ticks (and mosquitoes) for up to 14 hours.
Needle-point tweezers with a magnifying glass for safely removing these tiny pests.
A tick-removal guide which includes helpful information. (Such as the fact that agitating a tick may cause it to regurgitate and expose you to potential infectious diseases.)
A tick-identification booklet with photos and actual-size rendering of common species in larvae, nymph and adult stages.
A specimen container for collecting any ticks that you find on your body to send to your local health department for Lyme testing.
A magnet reminder about Lyme Connection’s BLAST protocol (see below) for staying tick-free.
Blast represents the five preventative steps that Lyme Connection recommends taking to avoid being bitten by a tick:
Bathe within two hours of outdoor activity
Look for ticks and rashes daily
Apply repellents to skin and clothing
Spray the yard and maintain a tick-safe landscape
Treat pets with vet-recommended products
RVNAhealth flu vaccine appointments can be made by visiting rvnahealth.org/services/be-well/flu-shots/ or by calling 203-438-5555.