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It’s Tick Season – Check Yourself, Your Animals

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A Close Up Of An Adult Female, An Adult Male, Nymph And Larva Tick Is Shown June 15, 2001. Ticks Cause An Acute Inflammatory Disease Characterized By Skin Changes, Joint Inflammation, And Flu-Like Symptoms Called Lyme Disease. (Photo By Getty Images)

If you’ve been enjoying the outdoors recently you or your pet may have acquired an unwanted hitch hiker. Ticks are out in full force.

Jonathan Lundgren, USDA Entomologist, said the best thing to do if you’re going to be out in grassy areas is to tuck your pant legs into your socks and wear long sleeves. You should also check your hair line.

“As disturbing as ticks are, they’re really not something to be alarmed about,” said Lundgren.

Ticks like to latch on in your hairline. Lundgren said always check your animals around their collars.  If you haven’t already, you should use a flea and tick collar for your pet or Frontline.

People can deter ticks with a strong bug spray. But if you do get bit you need to make sure you know how to remove the tick.

“When removing a tick, don’t leave the head in. Watch the area of the bite,” said Lundgren.

The American Wood Tick is the most common tick around here. The Deer Tick is the species that causes Lyme Disease.  It’s smaller than the normal Wood Tick.

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