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Ruscombmanor Township
Ruscombmanor Township

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 following steps: 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 children. 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 there. 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

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.
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