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Tick Information For providers

Tickborne Diseases

Tick exposure can occur year-round, but ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September). 

There are a number of different types of ticks and diseases carried by them that can cause human disease. To reduce the chances of getting a tickborne disease, limit exposure to ticks during the warmer months by avoiding wooded or bushy areas with high grass, and by walking in the center of the trails and use insect repellant that contains 20-30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Conduct full body tick checks upon returning from tick-infested areas. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, so carefully examine pets and clothing. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

To learn more about ticks and tickborne diseases of Utah, please visit the link below.

How can tick bites be prevented?

Tick bites and tickborne diseases can be avoided by taking preventative measures like:

  • Knowing where to expect ticks. Ticks live in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, or even on animals. Spending time outside walking your dog, camping, gardening, or hunting could bring you in close contact with ticks. Many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.
  • Treating clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. Alternatively, you can buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
  • Using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellants containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. EPA’s helpful search toolexternal icon can help you find the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions. Do not use products containing OLE or PMD on children under 3 years old.
  •  Avoiding Contact with ticks. Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Walk in the center of trails.

 For information on how to prevent ticks on pets, visit the CDC website.

Tick Collection

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is interested in collecting tick data from the public to better understand when and where ticks are found in Utah.

In 2023, DHHS launched a citizen tick submission program with the goal of diversifying the species of ticks and tick locations collected throughout the state, as well as to increase tick collection numbers. Submitted ticks are routed to Utah Public Health Lab (UPHL) for identification and pathogen testing. Ticks that test positive for a pathogen of interest help target specific areas for active, follow-up tick drags.

Want to submit a tick? Fill out the Utah tick submission form at the link below.

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Vernal (435) 247-1177

133 South 500 East, Vernal, UT, 84078

Environmental Health Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30-5:30

Fri 8-5

Environmental Health office is closed noon-1 pm

WIC HOURS:

MON-7:30-4

TUES-THURS 7:30-5:30

Fri 8-5

Roosevelt office closed noon-1pm

Roosevelt (435) 722-6300

409 South 200 east, roosevelt, ut, 84066