Ticks could make for a dangerous summer

Summer Ticks Danger

Ticks could make for a dangerous summer

It’s going to be a potentially dangerous summer for Buckeye outdoorsmen who travel frequently in areas holding mosquitoes, ticks, and even fleas.

In a recent study, illness from the big three noted that diseases from their bites have tripled in the U,S. with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. And Ohio has more than its share.

In a recent talk with a naturalist from Guernsey County, the man said “Ticks are really bad this year. On one hike I came home with 19 ticks crawling on my skin. None had dug in yet, but it took a while to get them all off.”

Zika, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, and chikungunya are the most dangerous, and the obvious answer is prevention. Before any outdoor trip, spray with a good insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and treat boots, pants, socks, and even tents with something containing permethrin. Then to be sure, check yourself carefully when you return home.

Originally posted by Dick Martin at the Telegraph Forum at 7:30 a.m. on May 16, 2018.

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