Ticks & Tick-Borne Illness

Ticks themselves aren't dangerous, but they can carry Lyme Disease. Minnesota is one of two major hot spots for ticks that carry Lyme Disease in the US. Here how to prevent tick bites, and what to do in case you find a tick on your skin.


Did you know?

Lyme disease was first reported in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975.


  • Wear pants when walking through woods or tall grass. It's even better to tuck your pant leg into your socks or tape it shut.
  • Be sure to perform daily tick checks.
  • Insect repellent sprayed on your clothes is another line of defense.

What to do when a tick gets through

  • Don't attempt to suffocate or burn a tick.
  • Use fine tweezers to grasp tick by the body and pull it straight out.
  • Cover the area with disinfectant and save the tick for identification.

Lyme Disease Facts

  • There are approximately 16,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year.
  • Lyme disease symptoms may begin 3 days after the bite.
  • Symptoms can include painful swelling of the joints and a bullseye rash at the place of the tick bite.