Did you know?
Ticks are arachnids, relatives of spiders.
Ticks live in wooded areas, brushy fields, and around your home.
Ticks survive by eating blood from their hosts.
Ticks can pass infections from one host to the next, including humans.
Notable tickborne diseases include:
Rocky Mountain Spotted FeverSee also: CDC's List of Tick Diseases
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. The best way to protect yourself against tickborne illness is to avoid tick bites. This includes avoiding known tick- infested areas.
If you live in or visit wooded areas or areas with tall grass and weeds, follow these precautions to help prevent tick bites and decrease the risk of disease:
Always follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents.
Always supervise children in the use of repellents.
To submit a tick to Kane County Health Dept. for identification
please complete the Arthropod Identification Form (below)
and submit the tick in a shatterproof container with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Arthropod Identification Form
Other Tick Testing Services
General Tick Information
Common Ticks in Illinois
Identification Key to Some Common Ticks of Illinois
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever