Tick season is here in Idaho: tips to stay safe and what to look out for

Posted at 7:07 PM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 07:41:38-04

The good news is that Idaho is home to the wood tick and this species rarely transmits the scary diseases normally associated with ticks, which includes Lyme Disease.

However, people can still receive Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia and tick born relapsing fever from the wood tick that can be found in Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare said it's important to be vigilant this time of year and make sure you check yourself, your kids and your pets after a day out in the outdoors.

They included tips to prevent ticks from latching on, use EPA approved insect repellant, stay on the trails or wear long pants and long sleeves if traveling into the brush.

Six On Your Side's Steve Dent decided to do this story after finding ticks after trips to the Boise foothills, Lucky Peak State Park and out in the wilderness by the South Fork of the Boise River near Anderson Dam.

We also learned that ticks don't transmit diseases for 24-36 hours of coming into contact with human skin, but that also means it is important to remove them quickly, and the preferred method is using flat-tipped tweezers and pulling the entire tick off the skin.

"If you know you have been bitten by a tick and you start developing some illness or a rash in the area where the tick was, it is time to see your doctor," said Niki Forbing-Orr of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare.

Forbing-Orr also said it is crucial to check your pets because after a day outdoors, they can bring ticks back into your home and they can eventually transfer onto human skin.