Helpful Tick Resources
- VIEW: Five most common ticks in Michigan
- VIEW: Printable guide to ticks in Michigan and instructions on how to remove a tick
- VIEW: 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.