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Helpful Tick Resources
Five most common ticks in Michigan
Printable guide to ticks in Michigan and instructions on how to remove a tick
Tick Identification Guide
Submit a picture to be identified
Learn more about having a tick tested in Michigan
Tips to protect yourself from ticks
Avoiding tick-infested areas.
Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.
Protect your pets too! Dogs and cats can come into contact with ticks outdoors and bring them into the home, so using tick prevention products on pets is also recommended.
Using insect repellent.
Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.
Treat clothes (especially pants, socks, and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact or buy clothes that are pre-treated. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying any repellents.
Perform daily tick checks.
Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
Inspect all body surfaces carefully, and remove attached ticks with tweezers.
How to remove a tick: Grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
Bathing or showering: Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Washing clothing in hot water, and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing, and help to prevent ticks from coming indoors.