Vector-Borne Diseases Social Media Toolkit

Anyone is welcome to use CDC’s vector-borne disease messages and images on their social media platforms. CDC messages educate and encourage people to protect themselves from tick and mosquito bites.


Main message: Prevent tickborne disease by preventing tick bites.

Audience: Public

Ticks placed on top of a poppyseed muffin.
Sample Facebook Messages

Ticks can be as small as a poppy seed. There are 5 ticks in this photo. Can you spot them? Use EPA-registered insect repellent to prevent tick bites.

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Baseball with several ticks on it.

You don’t have to be in the woods to get a tick bite! Remember to check yourself and your family for ticks even when coming inside from playing backyard baseball. Ticks are tiny!

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Person applying insect repellent.
Sample Twitter Messages

This spring and summer, take steps to protect yourself and your family from #tick bites and tickborne disease! Use insect repellent, check for ticks daily, and shower soon after coming indoors. #GetTipsStopTicks

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Person applying insect repellent.

Stop #ticks from taking a bite out of your summer fun with EPA-registered insect repellents, tick checks, and showers!

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Main message: Remove attached ticks as soon as possible. The longer a tick is attached, the more likely it is to pass along germs that make people sick.

Audience: Public

Clipart image of someone removing a tick from their arm with tweezers.
Sample Facebook Messages

Found an attached tick? Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady pressure!

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Tick check on dog.

Furry friends get tick bites too. Check your dog for ticks and ask your vet about tick prevention options.

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: Sequence of how to remove an attached tick.
Sample Twitter Message

Found an attached #tick? Don’t panic! Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Pull upward with steady pressure!

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Main message: Prevent mosquito-borne diseases by preventing mosquito bites.

Audience: Public

A person spraying insect repellent on their arm.
Sample Facebook Message

Spending time outside? So are mosquitoes! Protecting yourself from mosquitoes and the germs they can spread is as easy as covering up with long-sleeves and pants and using insect repellent.

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Person applying insect repellent.
Sample Twitter Message

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying; they can spread germs that make you sick. Prevent #MosquitoBites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside.

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A person putting a can of insect repellent into a backpack.
Sample Instagram Message

Mosquitoes aren’t just annoying; their bites can make you sick. If you’re spending time outside, remember to use EPA-registered insect repellent to prevent #MosquitoBites.

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Main message: Control mosquitoes in order to prevent mosquito bites.

Audience: Public

Backyard filled with yard debris, water drum, and tire.
Sample Facebook Message

Got mosquitoes around your home? Protect yourself from mosquito bites by getting rid of places where they can lay their eggs.  Empty, cover, or throw out items that hold water like tires, buckets, toys, or trash containers.

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Person pouring water out of a bucket
Sample Twitter Message

Got mosquitoes? Protect yourself from #MosquitoBites by dumping standing water where mosquitoes like to lay their eggs.

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Main message: Lyme disease is the most common tickborne disease in the United States. Avoid tick bites to prevent Lyme disease.

Audience: Public

Blacklegged tick on leaf.
Sample Facebook Messages

It is tick season. Most Lyme disease infections occur from May to August. Remember the importance of prevention when spending time outdoors this summer!

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Close up photo of blacklegged tick.

Infected ticks can spread Lyme disease. This Lyme Disease Awareness Month, protect yourself and your family from tick bites by using EPA-registered insect repellent, performing tick checks, and showering soon after being outdoors.

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Size comparison of blacklegged ticks throughout their life stages.
Sample Twitter Messages

#DYK Lyme disease is the most common tickborne disease in the United States? Check yourself and your pets for ticks after being outdoors.

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Photo of Lyme bacteria under a microscope.

The #Lymedisease bacterium is only spread through the bite of an infected #tick. If you find a tick, remove as soon as possible!

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Illustration of bulls-eye rash on person’s shoulder.

Do you know how to spot #Lymedisease rash? While some Lyme disease rashes have a bull’s-eye appearance, not all do.

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Main message: West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.

Audience: Public

Photo of Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human.
Sample Facebook Message

Cases of West Nile virus are reported every year in almost every state. The best way to protect yourself is to use an EPA-registered insect repellent and cover up with long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside.

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Two young people standing in field while one of them spray insect repellent on his arm.
Sample Twitter Message

Protecting yourself from #mosquitoes that spread #WestNileVirus is as easy as covering up with long-sleeves and pants and using insect repellent.

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Elderly man gardening
Sample Instagram Message

People 60+ are more likely to become severely ill with #WestNileVirus, which can cause swelling of the brain. Protect yourself from #MosquitoBites by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeves and pants.

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Main message: Dengue virus is mostly spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The illness can be mild or severe with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.

Audience: Public

Photo of person spraying insect repellent into their hand.
Sample Facebook Messages

Dengue is a disease caused by any of the 4 dengue viruses. People can get dengue up to 4 times in their life. A second infection is more likely to cause severe illness requiring hospitalization.

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Photo of person spraying insect repellent into their hand.

Protect your children from dengue by using an EPA-registered insect repellent. Tip: Spray the insect repellent into your hands then apply to a child’s face. Always follow the instructions.

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Photo of person spraying insect repellent on arm.
Sample Twitter Message

During the summer, people spend more time outside where there are more #mosquitoes. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites and #dengue.

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Main message: Early treatment saves lives from Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Learn how to recognize the early signs.

Audience: Healthcare providers

Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be deadly.
Sample Facebook Message

Clinicians: Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a serious tickborne disease that can be deadly if not treated early. Learn how to recognize, diagnose, and treat RMSF with CDC’s case-based training. Earn FREE CE. Search RMSF on CDC TRAINexternal icon.

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Doxycycline saves lives.
Sample Twitter Message

Clinicians: Doxycycline saves lives! Use doxy to treat suspected tickborne diseases like RMSF in adults and in children of all ages. #DoxyforRMSF

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Illustration of a man with Alpha-gal Syndrome rash on his back and legs
Sample Twitter Message

#AlphaGal syndrome (AGS) is a serious allergic reaction that can occur after certain tick bites. Hives or an itchy rash may appear after eating meat or dairy products. If you think you may have AGS, talk to your healthcare provider!

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Variety of fine meat products in the butchery.
Sample Instagram Message

Beef, pork, lamb, and venison? Red meat contains high amounts of #AlphaGal and may cause life-threatening illnesses in people with alpha-gal syndrome. Protect your love of meat and avoid #tickbites!

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Additional Resources

Creating your own social media messages? CDC offers a variety of images that you are welcome to use.