Ticks cannot jump or fly, but can and will climb off grasses, shrubs, and trees to come into contact with people and animals to feed on blood. Ticks have the ability to transmit diseases, such as, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

These diseases are considered Tick-Borne diseases and can only be transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.  Ticks normally become infected by feeding on blood from an infected animal.  Persons who spend a large amount of time in wooded or weedy areas should exercise caution and check their body for ticks once out of the wooded or weedy areas.

The best way to to prevent tickborne diseases is to prevent tick bites.  In Ohio, tickborne illnesses are most often transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months.

Take action to decrease your risk of infection: protect against tick bites, check for ticks, remove ticks as soon as you can, and watch for symptoms.

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