Practice the "4 Steps of Protection" this tick season:

  1. Dress
  2. Defend
  3. Check
  4. Remove

Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors to cover your skin. 

Tips for dressing to prevent tick bites:
  • Wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed toe shoes when outdoors, and cover your head with a hat or scarf. 
  • Tuck pant cuffs into socks and tuck in your shirt for added protection.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and camping gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. 
  • Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
  • If clothes need to be washed first, use hot water if possible. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.

Tick removal videos

Tick Removal 101:

How to remove a tick:
How to check your dog for ticks:

Practice the "4 Ds of Defense" this mosquito season: 

  1. Drain
  2. Defend
  3. Dawn to Dusk
  4. Dress

Drain standing water from items around your home, yard, and business.

Tips to help prevent mosquito breeding:
  • Discard old tires, buckets, drums or any water holding containers.
  • Poke holes in tires used as swings or bumpers on docks.
  • Keep roof gutters and downspouts clear of debris.
  • Keep trash containers covered.
  • Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.
  • Drain unused swimming pools.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
  • Change the water in bird baths and plant urns at least once a week.
  • Store boats upside down or drain rainwater weekly.
Lake County residents can also report areas of stagnant water to the health department's Mosquito Surveillance Program by calling the West Nile virus hotline: 847-377-8300.