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Early Spring Brings Out Ticks in Minnesota

Early Spring Brings Out Ticks in Minnesota

Learn how to protect yourself from ticks, be able to recognize the symptoms of a tick borne disease, and more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says tick-borne diseases are on the rise.

This event is free and registration is not required. Epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman tells Minnesota Public Radio they're the species that transmit the majority of tick-borne diseases in the state, including Lyme disease.

Lyme disease symptoms, including fever, headache fatigue and muscle and joint pains usually occur within one to two weeks but can occur as soon as three days after a bite.

If you notice any symptoms it's best to go to the doctor.

Andres Plana  Metro
Andres Plana Metro

Schiffman recommends that anyone who's outside in a tick-prone area take precautions like using repellant, doing a tick check and showering. The CDC says May through July is when people get more tick bites than any other times of the year.

North Oaks, with its spacious lots and woods, is making a concerted effort to combat ticks after a study showed that the Twin Cities suburb was a hot spot for the insects. Ticks also infected the family dog.

The city encourages property owners to reduce tick habitat by removing brush or wood piles and keeping grass short, and she said the awareness campaign is having an impact.

Samantha said she was thrilled to see a sign up on the Bears Rails Gate near Old Windsor.

"In our most recent survey 42 percent of the people surveyed sought care earlier than they would have in the past", Moore said.