Ticks are small, insect-like creatures most often found in naturally vegetated areas. Ticks feed by attaching to animals and humans, sticking their mouthparts into the skin, and sucking blood for up to several days.
There are many different kinds of ticks in California, but only six kinds are known to commonly bite humans. Sometimes these ticks carry germs like bacteria or viruses that can be transmitted to a person while the tick is attached and feeding. Avoiding tick bites is the best way to avoid getting these diseases.
This toolkit contains occupational health information to educate workers whose job sites or duties could put them at risk for exposure to tick-borne diseases. The toolkit information is also useful for those who live or recreate in areas where ticks may be present.
The information in the toolkit materials is designed to help the user know:
- What types of workers are at risk for tick bites
- How to prevent tick bites in the workplace
- How to identify a tick
- How to remove a tick if bitten