Unfortunately, tick season is already underway.

Just as the warm weather has started to settle in and we're ready to venture back into the great outdoors, experts are urging everyone from hiking enthusiasts to dog walkers to families with pets and small children to exercise caution when spending time outside this season.

According to the experts at Ohio State you can actually encounter a tick during any season in Ohio, spring only marks the beginning of the heavy season.

In years previous we've seen a steady increase in tick population statewide and I'm sure 2024 will be no different. In an interview Tim McDermott, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Ag Sciences warns,

Ticks expand when their habitat range expands due to global climate change...So now, every year going forward has the potential to be bad, and you should go into each tick season thinking about how you can keep you and your family tick-safe

Which Diseases Do Ticks Carry?

While anaplasmosisbabesiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are all possible threats from ticks the most common disease associated with them is Lyme disease.

In fact, the longer the tick stays attached the greater the risk of transmission. Signs of untreated Lyme disease include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Erythema migrans (EM) rash which appears in 70-80% of infected persons
  • Heart palpitations
  • Facial paralysis

How to Stay Tick Aware

To prevent tick bites and potential infections experts offer the following advice:

  • Keep your yard well-maintained to prevent known hosts like mice bringing ticks into your yard
  • Wear light-colored clothes and long sleeves to minimize skin expsoure
  • Apply a tick repellent such as DEET products or permethrin-- as directed
  • Keep pets close by using a leash and preventative flea and tick treatments
  • Do frequent inspections for ticks on your body

Plants That Ward off Fleas and Ticks

These plants help keep fleas, ticks, and other bugs out of your garden.

The 5 Most Common Ticks You'll See in Michigan & Diseases They Carry

Tick season is here once again. Here are the most common ticks in Michigan you should be on the lookout for.

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