Michigan’s Most Common Ticks & Tick Removal Instructions
Unfortunately, people throughout the state of Michigan are starting to see more ticks. In Washtenaw County, WDIV recently reported an increase in deer tickets. To the north, 9&10 news is reporting that Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee, Mason and Oceana counties have also seen an increase in tick activity. With the increase in tick sightings, here's a list of Michigan's Five Most Common Ticks:
Here's information from the CDC on what you should do if you discover a tick attached to your skin:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
- Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
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