Be Tick Smart while you Green Up Vermont

Pick Up Trash – Not Ticks – On Green Up Day

News Release: May 1, 2013

Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health

Be Tick Smart on Vermont Green Up Day. Click for full size poster (pdf)BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is joining Green Up Vermont to spread a simple message about how to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.

On Saturday, May 4, over 15,000 volunteers across the state will be foraging for the trash that reveals itself when the snow melts. More than 40,000 green garbage bags will be filled with the litter that volunteers find lodged along roadsides and in tall grass or brushy areas, which is right where the ticks live.

Be Tick Smart on Green Up Day, and follow three easy steps to keep yourself, children and pets safe.

1. Repel

2. Inspect

3. Remove

For more information about tick-borne illness check the Health Department website. To find out more about Green Up Vermont go to

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