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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 C-D-C are reminding people to be extra-vigilant about ticks--especially during the spring and summer.  Orkin's Doctor Mark Beavers discusses what to look for...

(BEAVERS):
"
IT MAY SURPRISE YOU THAT TICKS AREN'T INSECTS; THEY'RE ACTUALLY MORE CLOSELY RELATED TO MITES, SPIDERS, AND SCORPIONS.  TICKS ARE USUALLY SMALL AND A SHADE OF BROWN; THEY MAY BE DIFFICULT TO SPOT ON THE SKIN, OR EVEN MISIDENTIFIED AS A MOLE.  MANAGING TICKS IN YOUR YARD DEPENDS ON CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING THE PEST AS A TICK; THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL.  HOMEOWNERS CAN HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TICKS NEAR THEIR HOME, BY MAINTAINING THEIR LAWN--AND BY CLEARING SHRUBBERY, DEAD LEAVES, AND GRASSES.  THEN, CONSIDER CONTACTING A PEST-MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL, FOR A COMPLETE TICK-TREATMENT."

(Suggested Anchor Bridge):
The C-D-C's Doctor Christina Nelson lists some other steps that you should take, to protect yourself from diseases carried by ticks...

(Nelson):
"
LEARN WHICH TICK-BORNE DISEASES ARE COMMON IN YOUR AREA, BY VISITING 'C-D-C'-DOT-GOV-SLASH-'TICKS'.  THE BEST WAY TO AVOID TICK-BORNE DISEASES IS TO KEEP TICKS FROM BITING YOU:  AVOID AREAS WITH HIGH GRASS AND LEAF-LITTER--AND, WHEN HIKING, WALK IN THE CENTER OF TRAILS.  YOU CAN USE REPELLENT THAT CONTAINS 20-PERCENT OR MORE 'DEET', 'PICARIDIN', OR 'I-R-35-35', ON YOUR EXPOSED SKIN--AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE LABEL, TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN.  TREAT CLOTHING AND GEAR WITH PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN 'PERMETHRIN'--OR SHOP FOR PRE-TREATED CLOTHING.  BATHE OR SHOWER SOON AFTER COMING INDOORS--TO WASH OFF AND MORE EASILY FIND CRAWLING TICKS, BEFORE THEY BITE.  PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO CHECKING HAIR, IN AND AROUND EARS, UNDERARMS, AND BEHIND THE KNEES.  REMOVE ALL ATTACHED TICKS, WHEN YOU FIND THEM.  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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