History of possible exposure to deer ticks.
Blood test, with screening test first, followed by confirmatory test.
Exposure to blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) and Lyme disease in Minnesota occurs primarily from May to July, and again in the autumn, when people are outdoors and ticks are actively feeding.
Avoid wooded areas.
Wear light colored clothing with pants and long sleeves.
Tuck pants into socks or boots.
Check people and pets for ticks to prevent bringing them home. Then recheck.
DEET repellents can help.
Clear brush and leaves from your yard and keep woodpiles in sunny areas.
It’s possible to get Lyme disease more than once.
Benton and Sherburne counties are considered high risk for tick-borne illnesses. Stearns County is considered a moderate risk.
Antibiotics can be used, oral and intravenous if necessary.
The earlier its identified, the better.
Consult with doctor about treatment.
To remove a tick
Grasp tick close to the skin.
Pull outward slowly, gently and steadily.
Do not squeeze the tick.
Use an antiseptic on the bite.
Do not use petroleum jelly to smother the tick or burn a tick with a match.
Remember: Not all people bitten by a deer tick will get a disease. Not all deer ticks carry diseases. If a deer tick is infected, it must be attached for at least 24 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease.