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Traditionally, there have been 2 TICK seasons:
Spring and Fall
THIS YEAR (2018) TICKS HAVE BEEN FOUND ON FAMILY DOGS IN EARLY MARCH WITH SNOW STILL ON THE GROUND!
ITASCA COUNTY HAS BECOME AN EPICENTER OF LYME DISEASE, AND OTHER TICK-BORN MALADIES THAT CAN EVEN PROVE FATAL IN A SHORT TIME, OR DEABILITATING FOR A LONG TIME.
Be Careful to TickCheck yourself, your children and your pets (even if using Frontline protection).
Only about 2 percent of female blacklegged ticks carried the diseases. So even if you got bit, chances are you wouldn't be infected. Now, more than 30 percent of female ticks are infected on average, and in same areas its 40 or even 50 percent. (from the "Ticks in the News," above)
DEET is not very effective on keeping Ticks Off
People who spend a lot of time outdoors in tick country should get an advance prescription for a one-time, 200 mg dose of doxycycline, the go-to antibiotic for tickborne diseases. If any small tick become embedded in your skin, first, properly pull the tick out. Then take the antibiotic. (from the "Ticks in the News," above)
Tick Alert: High Priority
The presentation given by Dr. Beth Wymann at a recent Deer Lake Association meeting can be found here:
Further information is available here: