Per the Massachusetts DPH
- Deer tick adults and nymphs may carry Lyme disease, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis. American dog ticks have not been shown to carry these diseases.
- Ticks are found generally in a wooded habitat, near the ground. They may be active during any month, but late spring to early summer, and fall, are seasons of high risk.
- Ticks may be seen readily on light colored clothing. Do a tick check everyday.
- Remove imbedded ticks promptly. Grasp the tick at the point of entry and pull back steadily using tweezers. Avoid squeezing the body. Then, swab the site with antiseptic.
- If you suspect that you have Lyme disease, see your doctor. Symptoms vary, but may include flu, headache, joint aches and/or a reddish circular rash