Ticks

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Tick Checklist: What you can do to prevent exposure

Click here for a downloadable/printable version of the tick checklist.​​

Before entering tick habitat

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While in tick habitat

  • Stay in the center of trails to help avoid contact with ticks
  • Avoid grassy areas, contact with logs, tree trunks, and fallen branches​
  • 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)
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  • 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
  • For assistance with tick identification contact Santa Clara County Vector Control
  • For assistance with tick testing for possible diseases contact Santa Clara County Public Health Laboratory
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers

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