Wage a battle against ticks

Lone Star tick

Warmer weather means more insects. And some of those insects can be detrimental to your health.

Thats why its always important to be aware of where and when they are most prominent.

With warmer weather and an increase in outdoor activities comes the increase for ticks. They love the warm weather and love to latch onto warm bodies, especially those in wooded areas.

"We need to be worried about ticks in this area, not specifically for lyme disease because that has been identified by a specific bacteria found in a specific tick and those are not prevelant in this area. Some of the diseases that they can carry that we need to be concerned about here would be lythiosis, teoulorymia, and rocky mountain spotted fever. That type of thing," Environmental Sanitarian Rex Pflantz said.

The most common ticks found in the Tri-State area are lone star and dog ticks. Lone stars have a white spot near the end of their body and dog ticks are large and brown.

If one gets attached to you what do you do?

"What we recommend is take the tick and lift if up. Then pull the head of the tick out so that none of the tick is left in the patient or whoever was bitten," Nurse Practitioner Michelle Hartman said.

Sometimes the tick will come apart, but you want to get as much out as possible. Then clean the wound often with rubbing alcohol. You'll want to catch it quick though as it will get embedded.

"The tick takes one to two days to actually get embedded in you, sometimes you might maybe feel something moving on your body," Pflantz said.

When out mushroom hunting or just enjoying the wildlife, make sure to use extra precaution by covering up and checking yourself or your animals for the hungry hitchhikers.

"A good preventative is to use insect repellants and if available lighter clothing is better to spot a tick on than dark clothing," Pflantz said.

Ticks try to be in constant traffic areas where plant life is overgrown.

Pflantz says maintaining your yard will make it less likely for there to be ticks lying in wait.