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Tick Checklist: What you can do to prevent exposure

Before entering tick habitat

  • Click here to use the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s repellent search​ ​
  • Wear light colored clothing (this makes it easier to spot ticks)

While in tick habitat

  • Stay in the center of trails to help avoid contact with ticks
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  • Periodically check for ticks on yourself and your pets

​After exiting tick habitat

  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks after you come indoors
  • Shower within 2 hours of returning from tick habitat
  • If exposed, properly remove any attached ticks immediately. Grab the tick close to your
  • skin with tweezers, tick removal tool, or a tissue and pull the tick straight upward (see illustration)

  • Wash your hands and the bite-site with soap and water
  • Disinfect the area and apply an antibiotic ointment, cream, or rubbing alcohol to the bite site
  • Save the tick in a sealed bag or container
  • Santa Clara County Vector Control
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Laboratory

Brochures and Links

Santa Clara County Vector Control District Services

  • Provide educational presentations on ticks and tick-borne diseases.
  • Educational brochures available here.

  • Conduct annual tick flagging surveillance for ticks and tick-borne diseases in County parks and open spaces.
    What is tick flagging? Click here to find out.
  • Test for diseases in ticks collected at County Parks and open spaces.

  • Provide tips and advice to reduce exposure to ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Last updated: 2/11/2019 4:59 PM