Maryland Blogger: Tick Talk

Tick Talk

Tick Talk


Many of us participate in outdoor activities during the summer months and every family member should be aware of the risks of tick bites and how to protect themselves. The following advice was provided by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Montgomery County, Maryland. I hope you will share this information.


Tick season is here and prevention is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself. Ticks are responsible for a variety of illnesses including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne infectious disease in the United States, can cause symptoms of fever, headaches, body aches and fatigue. If left untreated, it can cause more severe health problems and in some cases can even be fatal.

Learn ways to protect your family. Some suggestions include:

  • Protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants, tucking pants into socks to prevent ticks from accessing skin)
  • Wear light-colored clothing that will make it easier to spot and remove ticks
  • Tick/bug repellant
  • Insect repellant for pets
  • Staying in the center of paths, keeping out of overgrown areas and not sitting directly on the ground
  • Showering or take a bath as soon as possible after spending time outdoors
  • Performing tick checks on all family members every day
  • Be aware of signs/symptoms of tick-related illnesses
  • Call your doctor with any concerns


Remember: Ticks start LOW and crawl UP; ticks do not jump, fly or drop from trees, they are down on the ground and crawl up until they find a good spot to attach. Tucking pant legs into socks is a good way to keep ticks on the outside where they may be seen or get brushed off.


graphic showing areas where ticks may be on your body


Oriental Trumpet Lily, 'Tabledance', Lilium, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 8111 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Oriental Trumpet Lily, 'Tabledance', Lilium, Longwood Gardens,

Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 8111
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRoy Kelley • July 07 2016 11:57AM



Great information on the "tick" subject.  I hope many read this post and prevent tick attacks and their consequences.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

Ticks are not fun, be ont he lookout for them and remove them quickly!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Roy, ticks are something that thankfully I do not deal with in my area.  I did visit friends years ago and managed to bring my first, one and only tic back home with me ... the little bugger was in my dirty clothes. 

Beautiful Lilly ... love the colors.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy- I was so fearful of ticks when we lived in Texas and Larry was always out hunting or fishing in the woods.  Good advice for all to be on the lookout for them. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 4 years ago

We don't have ticks here in Sacramento.  However, we have surrounding counties which do.  Ticks are also very sneakyl  On a trip to visit the coastal redwoods several years ago, I had one to latch on!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 4 years ago

It is that time of the year when the ticks are out and hungry. This is great information to share with everyone, Roy. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

Ticks and Lyme disease are very serious consequences of summer without protection.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Thanks Roy.  This is an important post with great advice and information about what is a potentially very serious problem.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

I hate ticks. A few years ago I was dreaming I had a tick on my stomach and reach down and I really did. Boy did that wake me up.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Your feedback is very much appreciated. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

The National Weather Service has posted a heat advisory for this afternoon for the Baltimore and Washington areas. Heat index values could reach 108. Take great care if you have outdoor activities.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago


I am loving the flower pic though....


Posted by CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS, "Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. What a thorough and terrific post about being tick free and safe.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy, A great reminder for all of us to check for ticks! Thank you!

I have already been treated for lyme disease and know many others who have been also here in SE PA.  You take care!

Have a great summer

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) about 4 years ago