Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

July 20, 2012

As the clock ticks toward summer, disease-spreading bugs abound

Filed under: Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:34 am

Unusually mild temperatures and precipitation over much of the state this past winter after a hot and dry summer and fall have created the perfect conditions for an explosion of tick activity this season according to Texas AgriLife Extension research. Ticks can carry disease like lime disease. To reduce the risk of tick and tick-borne disease, consider avoiding areas where ticks are plentiful, wear long pants tucked or taped into boots, wash clothes that may have been exposed to ticks, use repellents containing DEET to prevent tick attachment, conduct regular tick checks of yourself, children and pets and remove ticks properly if they do attach to your skin. If possible you want to save the tick by placing it on a damp paper towel in a container in the refrigerator so you can then submit it for testing. There is also a tick app available for your smart phone.

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