Press release from Trinity County Department of Health and Human Services:
Trinity County Public Health wants to remind residents that we are in the midst of active cross-season in Northern California. The months of May, June and July are typical when we see the highest risk of getting the Lyme disease recovered from a tick with nymphs seeking a blood meal to drive its growth into adult ticks.
Ticks are small arachnids that are most often found in naturally vegetated areas. There are many different types of ticks in California, but only the western black bones (Ixodes pacificus) transmit the Lyme disease. This red brown bracket is found in most California, but is more common in the humid coastal area, the Klamath Mountains and the western slope of the northern Sierra Nevada.
Ticks are found in tall grass and brushes in urban, suburban and rural settings. Adult ticks climb to the vegetation peaks, often along tracks or paths, waiting for a host to brush against them. They join animals and humans and feed on blood by inserting their mouthpieces (not the whole body) into the skin.
An individual can become infected with bacteria that cause the Lyme disease when they are soiled by an infected western black bone. As the number of attachment-related diseases continues to increase, the first defense for all these diseases is taking precautions to avoid attachment bites.
• Avoid areas where ticks live if possible.
• Use bright colors so that ticks can look easy if they come on your upholstery.
• Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck your pants in your boots or socks, and put your shirt in your pants.
• Use repellant that is registered for use against bricks containing at least 20% DEET. Always read and follow the label instructions when applying repellents.
• Carefully check yourself and your children for ticks, especially at the scalp, in the scalp, under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the umbilical cord behind the knees, between the legs and around the waist.
• Regularly check your pets for ticks and remove them immediately. Check with your veterinarian for appropriate attachment control products.
• If you have been in a known field area, it is important that you perform body checks for up to 3
days after leaving the area due to the possibility of getting a small nymph that has matured.
The University of Wisconsin has a free mobile app, The Tick App, which helps with field identification, available through your app store. Additional resources are available on the California Department of Public Health website. Tick testing is available for a fee from Sonoma County Department of Health Services.
Visit the Trinity County Public Health website for more information or for additional resources. For questions related to the Lyme disease, contact Trinity County Public Health at 530-623-8209 or free 800-766-6147.