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Be aware of ticks this spring and summer

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Posted By: Alden German
agerman@klkntv.com

As temperatures continue to get warmer, the number of insects carrying diseases is rising. So far, 2018 has seen quite a few ticks.

One of the more annoying aspects in the spring and summer are insects, especially ticks and mosquitoes. Doctors and vets want to warn the public of the dangers ticks pose to humans and our pets. The blood suckers like areas of high grass, woodlands, and bushes.

It's highly encouraged to check yourself after being in such places, but what do you do if you do get bitten?

"If you do find a tick on you, you want to remove it. You want to use a pair of tweezers and get right down close to the skin so you get the whole tick, and pull up and out," said Tim Timmons of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. "What you don't want to do is squeeze that tick with your fingers to kill it, because that's going to expose you some of that saliva, tick saliva. That's what transmits these diseases."

Ticks carry illnesses such as Lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever, but it can take days to weeks before symptoms show up. Those include fever, rashes, and fatigue, among others. If after being bit you do exhibit symptoms, go to your doctor and tell them you were bit.

Our 4-legged friends are magnets for them, and 2018 is off to a fast start.

"I would say it's early. It's definitely earlier than last year that we're seeing fleas and ticks. More ticks so far than fleas," said Dr. Alyse Aerts, a vet at Ehlers Animal Care.

Ticks can be hard to find depending on the type of dog.

"Common areas are around the ears, or in folds you can see some ticks," said Aerts.

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