Ticks- What you need to know
Summertime is here and that means outdoor activities for you and your family. Unfortunately, this also means having to deal with the unwanted pests that come along with those activities. When hiking, camping, or even having a picnic, it is important to be extremely cautious about ticks.
Ticks are small, external parasites, that feed on the blood of mammals, birds, and even reptiles and amphibians. When feeding, they can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease, Colorado tick fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Also, contrary to popular belief, they cannot jump or fly; they are actually slow moving and patient. They will hang on to the edges of leaves or branches with a number of their legs (they have eight) and keep their front two outstretched, waiting for a body to come along that they can cling on to. Don’t let a constant fear of getting bit by a tick prevent you from enjoying the beautiful summer weather. There are things you can do to prevent ticks on your person and prevent ticks on your dog, as well.