According to experts, this year could be the worst year to date for ticks due to milder winters, booming mice and deer populations, and the 2015 abundant acorn crop. With the projected increase of ticks, this means that there will be a higher threat of tick-borne diseases, including the most common, Lyme disease.
The best way to avoid contracting a tick-borne disease is to practice proper preventative measures, which include the following:
- Wear light-colored clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and pants, and pull long hair back when in wooded areas.
- Wash your body and clothing after all outdoor activities.
- Look for ticks if you have been outdoors, especially if you have been in wooded areas or gardens.
- Remove ticks within 24 hours to reduce the risk of contracting a disease.
- Talk with your vet about tick repellent for your pet.
- Check your pet’s coat if it has been in a possible tick-infested area.
Help your employees stay healthy with informational flyers and articles to help them understand the dangers associated with certain diseases and health issues. Many insurance companies and employers are offering wellness programs to keep employees healthy and educated. If you’re interested in learning more about implementing or enhancing a wellness program at your organization, contact the Director of Health & Productivity.
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