Spring is here….and so is tick season

Ways to avoid tick bites when exploring Washington

As the weather gets warmer, more people are heading out to enjoy our state’s many parks and hiking trails. Remember to be on the lookout for those tiny parasites that may be trying to go along for the ride. Tick season is in full swing in western Washington, and it’s kicking into high gear in the eastern part of the state as well.

While Washington normally has relatively few cases of tick-borne disease (such as Lyme disease), each year a few cases are diagnosed and reported to DOH.

When you’re working, camping, or walking in a tick habitat — wooded, brushy, or grassy places — take a few simple precautions to help reduce your chance of being bitten.

If you discover an attached tick:

If you do happen to find a tick, please send it to DOH for an ongoing project about what types of ticks live in different parts of Washington.

Visit the DOH website to learn more about the different ticks in Washington state, how to submit a tick to DOH, and ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery in our state while also protecting you, your family, and pets from tick bites.

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Check the state’s COVID-19 website for up-to-date and reliable info at coronavirus.wa.gov.

For more information about the vaccine, visit CovidVaccineWA.org. Check the vaccine locator tool to find out if it’s your turn for the vaccine and see a list of places where you can get it. The COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost to you.

Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state at our website. You can also contact the Department of Health call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.

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