DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)-
The Ohio Department of Health Director says diseases spread by ticks are an increasing concern in the Buckeye State.
Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are the most common illnesses spread by ticks.
Dan Suffoletto is the Public Information Supervisor for Public Health in Dayton and Montgomery County.
“As the weather gets warmer, as it is today, people are going to be getting outside and ticks are one thing that people are going to want to be mindful of,” Suffoletto said.
There were 293 cases of Lyme disease reported in Ohio last year. Suffoletto said five of those were in Montgomery County. He said there is a 36-48 hour window where you can remove the tick before it transmits the disease.
“If you do happen to find a tick on you, you can remove it with a tweezer,” Suffoletto said.
Experts suggest tweezers with a sharper point. These are more precise and will help remove the entire tick.
Suffoletto also suggests using bug spray to prevent a tick from biting.
“Use EPA recommended repellant that could also protect you against ticks and mosquitos,” Suffoletto said.
He said Deet is the ingredient you want to look for. When hiking Suffoletto suggest you remain on the trail.
“That way the ticks won’t be able to get on you quite as easily,” Suffoletto said.
If a tick is found, it can be taken to Public Health to be determined if it is the type of tick that carries Lyme disease.