Responding to Ticks and Tick Bites

Found a loose, unattached, tick (that has not previously bit someone) and want a free identification? See instructions here.

Found an attached tick?

See CDC general information on tick bite response here.

Illinois Department of Public Health Tick Safety Flyer

1. Remove the tick safely – See this video for proper tick removal instructions

2. Save the tick in case it is wanted later by a health care or public health provider – put it in a secure container or sealable bag (e.g., Ziploc) and store in freezer with information on: Who was bit, when the tick was removed, where and when the tick was likely encountered, and whether the person bit traveled outside their county of residence in the past 10 days.

Information from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health on tick bites:

"If you experience a rash that looks like a bull's-eye, or a 
rash anywhere on the body or an unexplained illness accompanied 
by fever following a tick bite, you should consult your 
physician and explain that you were bitten by a tick. 
Disease carried by ticks can be treated with antibiotics. 
However, the type of antibiotic can vary and individuals 
should be treated early in the infection.

Fact sheets about symptoms and treatment of tickborne diseases 
may be obtained from local health departments, by calling the 
Department’s central office at 217-782-2016 or from the 
Department’s Web site at www.dph.illinois.gov."

3. You might be able to identify the tick yourself – Compare it to tick photos on our website here.

4. Live in Illinois and want to send in a photo of the tick? See information here.