NEWS FLASH FOR June 25,2016
PENNSYLVANIA LEADS NATION IN LYME DISEASE CASES
LEARN TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
How to protect yourself
Experts say your best defense against tickborne
illness is to avoid contact with ticks in the
first place. When that’s not possible, take the
Know where ticks live — Ticks tend to be
near the ground, in leaf litter, grasses, bushes, and
fallen logs. High-risk activities include playing
in leaves, gathering firewood, and leaning against
tree trunks. When you hike, stay on cleared trails,
instead of walking across grassy fields.
Dress defensively — Wear shoes, socks,
long pants, and long sleeves. Tie back long hair
and wear a hat. Light-colored clothing can help
you spot ticks.
You can purchase clothing that has been pretreated
with the repellent permethrin at outdoor
recreation stores. (The protection lasts through
70 washings.) Or you can purchase permethrin
and treat your own clothing. (Protection lasts
through five to six washings.) Be sure to treat
both the inside and outside of clothes.
Spraying footwear with permethrin will prevent
ticks from crawling up your shoes. (In one
study, those with treated shoes had 74 percent
fewer tick bites than those with untreated shoes.)
Use repellent on exposed skin — Studies
show that repellents with DEET, picaridin, or
lemon eucalyptus oil are the most effective.
Check for ticks — When outdoors, periodically
inspect your clothing and skin for ticks.
Brush off those that aren’t attached and remove
any that are.
Take a shower — Once home, take a shower
right away. This will wash away unattached
ticks and allow you to thoroughly inspect
yourself. Feel for bumps that might be embedded
ticks. Pay careful attention to hidden places,
including groin, armpits, backs of knees, belly
button, and scalp. Parents should check their
Put your clothes in the dryer — Running
your clothes in a hot dryer for 10 minutes before
you wash them will kill any ticks that may be
Protect your pets — Ticks can infect dogs
and cats, too. Also, their fur can act like a “tick
magnet,” carrying ticks inside your home. Consult
with your veterinarian about tick protection
for your pets.
Information courtesy of www.LymeDisease.org
Ruscombmanor Township is located in beautiful Berks County, Pennsylvania. The township, originally known as the Manor of Ruscomb, named after a district
in Wales, was settled in 1749 as part of Philadelphia County and incorporated in 1752 as Ruscombmanor Township.
With lots of open space and beautiful scenery, our population of only 4,112 (2000 census) our density is only 278 per square mile.
Some points of interest are the Dunkard Meeting House, erected in 1807 and Wagner's Head, at about 1,150 is the highest point in the township.
Ruscombmanor Township has two beautiful municipal parks for use by its residents. They are located along route 662 (Memorial Highway). They are
equipped with regulation sized Little League baseball fields, soccer fields and children's play areas. Also several pavilions that can be used for picnics, outings, etc.
Richard Seidel Recreation Area
Reuben Strauss Park