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Dutchess Health Commissioner Issues Tips On Avoiding Tick Bites

Be on the lookout for ticks this spring, which may carry Lyme disease.
Be on the lookout for ticks this spring, which may carry Lyme disease. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Dr. Henry M. Kurban, the commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, has shared tips on how to lower the chance of tick bites in an article for The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Residents should avoid walking through brush and leaf litter, where ticks are commonly found this time of year, and shower upon returning inside from hikes, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

Long pants tucked into socks and long-sleeved shirts are recommended, but insect repellents containing DEET and picaridin can keep away ticks when such clothing isn't practical, said The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Clothing treated with permethrin can also repel ticks, and lightly colored clothes can make ticks more visible, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

Collars with the insecticide imidacloprid can protect cats and dogs from ticks, said The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Click here to read Kurban's tips at The Poughkeepsie Journal.

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