Ticks are abundant in the spring and summer months and it is important to protect yourself from tick bites and reduce your risk of tick borne diseases. Ticks are most commonly found in wooded and bushy areas and where there is high grass. Avoiding these areas is the best prevention, but insect repellents and wearing light colored clothing is also important to protect yourself.
Find out more information on ticks from the CDC
Check out our brochure on ticks
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What diseases do ticks transmit?
In Ohio, there are three (3) diseases that that are of concern: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Ehrlichiosis. The Centers for Disease Control has very good information about ticks and the diseases they can carry. If you suspect you might have a tick transmitted disease, please seek immediate medical attention.
How to remove a tick?
If a tick is attached to you find out to remove it from your body
Can ticks be tested for disease?
No, the Ohio Department of Health no longer tests ticks for the presence of tick borne diseases.
Can ticks be brought in for identification?
Yes, the Knox County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services staff will identify the species of tick and explain what diseases are associated with the identified tick. In some cases, the tick may be submitted directly to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for further identification. In order to have a tick identified, please take the following steps:
- Ticks attached to humans and pets may be dropped off at our department during normal business hours.
- Ticks must be kept and transported in a small air-tight container, such as a pill bottle or baby food jar;
- Place into the container with the tick a ½ inch strip of paper that has been moistened with one (1) drop of water (the paper does not have to be saturated, just damp);
- The person dropping off the tick will be required to complete the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Tick and Insect Identification Form. This form will be available from Environmental Health Services staff;
- An Environmental Health Services staff member will contact you by phone and/or email with the tick identification when we receive it from ODH.
- If you have any medical concerns concerning tick-borne diseases or symptoms, please discuss the situation with a medical physician.
CDC's Tick Information Page
ODH's Tick Information Page