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Are You Tick Smart Quiz

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Are You Tick Smart Quiz

QUIZ: (Answers are below the quiz)

1.      Where can you find blacklegged ticks?

A)   Tall grasses and bushes

B)    On pets

C)    Hard to see places like your scalp, groin, or armpits

D)   All of the above

E)    None of the above

 

2.      Which of the following is correct when removing a tick?

A)    Using tweezers, grab close to the skin and pull the tick straight out

B)    Flick the tick off

C)    Apply pressure with tweezers, twist and squeeze to help remove the tick

D)   You do not have to remove the tick as they will fall off once they are done feeding

E)    None of the above

 

3.      You can protect yourself from ticks by:

A)   Wearing light coloured clothing

B)    Using a bug repellent containing DEET

C)    Checking for ticks when coming indoors

D)   Covering up with long clothing, tucking pants into socks and wearing shoes

E)    All of the above

 

Answer key:

1.      Where can you find blacklegged ticks?

A)   Tall grasses and bushes:

This is the most common place people come into contact with ticks. Since ticks cannot fly they will often hang from long grass until they can attach onto someone passing by.  Keep to the middle of trails when hiking and avoid tall grassy areas.

B)    On pets

Pets can bring ticks indoors which can allow ticks to move onto us. Always check your pets when coming inside from outdoor areas where ticks may be found.

C)    Hard to see places like your scalp, groin, or armpits

Pay close attention to these areas of the body when inspecting for ticks because they will often seek out hidden places on the body to feed. Use a mirror or ask a family member to help you check these hard to see places!

D)   All of the above

  Correct answer

F)     None of the above

 

2.      Which of the following is not correct when removing a tick?

A)   Using tweezers, grab close to the skin and pull the tick straight out

This is the correct answer. Once the tick is removed, place it in an empty screw-top bottle or zip-lock bag and bring it into your local Public Health. Be sure to wash the area where the tick was attached with soap and warm water or rubbing alcohol.

B)    Flick the tick off

This should be avoided as it may leave the mouth parts of the tick still in the skin possibly allowing the bacteria to release into your skin! 

C)    Apply pressure with tweezers, twist and squeeze to help remove the tick

This should be avoided as it may leave the mouth parts of the tick still in the skin possibly allowing the bacteria to release into your skin! 

D)   You do not have to remove the tick as it will fall off once it is done feeding

This is not correct.  While it is true that ticks fall off once they are done feeding, ticks may remain attached for 3-7 days.  Since it can take as little as 24 hours for the bacterium that causes Lyme disease to transfer from the tick to human, it is important to remove the tick as soon as possible!

E)    None of the above

 

3.      You can protect yourself from ticks by:

A)   Wearing light coloured clothing

This makes it easier to see ticks on your body.

B)    Using a bug repellent containing DEET

Spraying bug repellent on clothing before hiking or camping in the woods is not only an excellent way to be protected again Lyme disease but also protects against West Nile virus!

C)    Checking for ticks when coming indoors

Always check yourself, your family and pets for ticks as this is a great way to avoid getting Lyme disease!

D)   Covering up with long clothing by tucking pants into socks and wearing shoes

This prevents the ticks from getting underneath your clothing and makes it easier to find them before they have a chance to attach to your body!

E)    All of the above

This is the correct answer

 

CONGRATULATIONS! You are now one step closer to being tick smart this summer! Click here for more important information on ticks and Lyme disease.

Last modified on Aug 27, 2012