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You may have found a tick on you this past weekend if you spent time outdoors.  UW-Extension farm expert Dan Marvu says there's ways to stay safe from ticks this summer. 

There are 16 reported species of ticks in Wisconsin; deer and wood ticks are the most common.  With warmer weather, ticks are found in tall grass.  Experts say parents should be cautious of where their children play in the backyard.  For example, if you live near a wooded area, ticks likely live on the edge of the forest.  

Marvu said people outdoors should check themselves and remove any ticks within the first two hours after spending time outside.  

"A lot of people use Deet," said Marvu.  "Anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of Deet works well.  You can also use permethrin, but you cannot put that on your skin."

Ticks tend to live in grass that is shady and humid.  If you mow your grass on a regular basis, you can reduce the risk of finding ticks. 

Pet owners also need to be aware of ticks.  Experts say dogs and cats that have been outdoors should be checked for ticks before being allowed back inside.

"If you do find a tick, you should seek a professional to help you identify what kind it is," said Marzu.  "You can also get more information about safety precautions at http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/wisconsin-ticks."



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