The DNR communications team works with agency experts to develop the weekly questions and provide the answers. This feature addresses current DNR issues, interesting topics, or the most frequently asked questions from around Minnesota.
Q: I’m camping over Memorial Day weekend, and I want to avoid exposure to tickborne diseases. How can I prevent tick bites?
A: Disease-carrying deer ticks are most active during snow free periods of the year, so it’s important to take precautions when enjoying the outdoors. High-risk areas include hardwood forests, woody/brushy areas and long grass. Here are some tips to prevent tick bites:
If you find an attached tick the prompt removal is important. If possible use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick by the head. Grasp tick close to the skin, pull the tick outward slowly, gently and steadily, use antiseptic on the bite. Avoid remedies like Vaseline, nail polish remover or burning matches, they are not a safe or effective way to remove ticks. See a doctor right away if you experience a rash, fever, headache, fatigue or other signs of illness. To learn more, visit the DNR website Deer Ticks.
Melissa Warhol, DNR safety and risk supervisor