this wet weather continues it could be one of the worst seasons for
Lyme Disease. Experts say the cool, damp conditions have caused
strong tick activity.
show the number of Lyme Disease cases in Central Wisconsin has risen
during the last five years, mainly because of the weather.
ticks are found in tall, wet grass in wooded areas with a lot of
brush or decaying leaves. Experts say if you or your pet are going to
be outdoors, you want to be extra careful this summer.
you've spent time outside its important to do tick checks, to make
sure you don't have any ticks on you," Epidemiologist Ruth Marx
also say you should dress for extra protection when going outdoors.
They say if headed out to a wooded area wear long sleeves or pants.
And it doesn't hurt to use plenty of bug spray.
what should you do if you do find a tick on your skin? Experts say
remove it slowly using tweezers.
"If you need help it never hurts to contact a medical professional," Marx said.
forget about your pets, too. Veterinarians say your dog or cat has a
higher chance of getting ticks and getting sick than humans do.
very important to use flea and tick medication. When you're choosing
a product it's incredibly important that you choose something that
kills and repels them," Dr. Lisa Koch said.
as you prepare for those outdoor activities, remember these simple
steps to keep you safe from this tiny insect.
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