Ticks on the lawn

Some residents have reported that ticks roam the grassy areas around the dorm. Ticks are small parasitic arachnids (they have eight legs) and are known carriers of Lyme disease:

The most common sign of infection is an expanding red rash, known as erythema migrans, that appears at the site of the tick bite about a week after it occurred. The rash is typically neither itchy nor painful. Approximately 70–80% of infected people develop a rash. Other early symptoms may include fever, headache and tiredness. If untreated, symptoms may include loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face, joint pains, severe headaches with neck stiffness, or heart palpitations, among others.

So far at least two residents have been diagnosed with Lyme disease due to tick bites they may have acquired while spending time on the lawn around the dorm grounds. Usually the infection can be treated with antibiotics without any long term effects. For your own safety, we recommend that check yourself for ticks after spending time in the grassy areas, remove them according to recommended procedures (Google is your friend) and see a doctor if you have any of the symptoms described above.

Be aware that there are other small beetles that look somewhat like ticks that roam the dorm grounds as well. Unlike ticks, they are not arachnids, and if you look carefully they only have 6 legs (where ticks have 8). Those are completely harmless, so if you find one crawling on you, you can safely blow on it to make it go away.

Stay safe.