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As Summer Approaches, Orkin and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Remind People to Be Vigilant about Ticks


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(Suggested Anchor Intro):
Orkin
, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are reminding people to be vigilant about ticks and the diseases that they can carry--especially during the summer, when tick-populations surge.  Orkin's Kim Kelley Tunis discusses what to look for...

(Tunis):
"TICKS CAN BE VERY SMALL--ABOUT THE SIZE OF AN APPLE-SEED.  THEY MAY BE A SHADE OF BROWN THAT MAKES IT EASY TO MISTAKE THEM FOR A MOLE OR FRECKLE.  AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF ANY TICK-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IS BASED ON A CORRECT IDENTIFICATION; THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL--IF YOU SUSPECT [THAT] YOU HAVE A TICK-INFESTATION.  TO HELP REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR TICKS NEAR YOUR HOME, CLEAR SHRUBBERY, REGULARLY MOW YOUR LAWN, AND CONTACT A PEST-MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL.
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(Suggested Anchor Bridge):
C-D-C's Doctor Christina Nelson lists some other steps that you should take, to protect yourself from "Lyme disease" and other diseases carried by ticks...

(Nelson):
"
THE BEST WAY TO AVOID 'LYME DISEASE' AND OTHER TICK-BORNE INFECTIONS IS TO KEEP THE TICKS FROM BITING YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE.  USE REPELLENT CONTAINING 20- TO 30-PERCENT 'DEET' ON YOUR EXPOSED SKIN; IT'S SAFE FOR CHILDREN, TOO.  TREAT CLOTHING AND GEAR WITH PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN 'PERMETHRIN'--OR LOOK FOR CLOTHING THAT'S PRE-TREATED.  BATHE OR SHOWER SOON AFTER COMING INDOORS, TO WASH OFF AND MORE EASILY FIND CRAWLING TICKS--BEFORE THEY BITE YOU.  CHECK FOR TICKS EVERY EVENING DURING THE SPRING- AND SUMMER-MONTHS--AND REMOVE ALL ATTACHED TICKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  IF YOU'VE BEEN BITTEN BY A TICK--AND DEVELOP FEVER, CHILLS, ACHES, OR A RASH WITHIN A FEW WEEKS--SEE YOUR HEALTHCARE-PROVIDER."

(Suggested Anchor Tag):
For more tips, visit "orkin"-dot-com--or "c-d-c"-dot-gov-slash-"ticks".



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