Don't Believe The Hype: Explosion of wood ticks not abnormal

Don't Believe The Hype: Explosion of wood ticks not abnormal Click to Enlarge

(KBRF) - Despite the sensationalist headlines you may be hearing, we are not heading for a tick Armageddon in West Central Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Health Epidemiologist Elizabeth Schiffman says there isn't anything different about this year except that there's a later spring.

If you find a tick on yourself, remove the tick as soon as possible as it will lower your risk of tick-borne disease transmission. The best way to remove a tick is to use a pair of tweezers or your fingers to grasp the tick by the head, close to the skin. Pull the tick outward slowly, gently, and steadily and then finally, clean the area with soap and water.

Be sure to also avoid folk remedies like Vaseline, nail polish remover or burning matches as they are not a safe or effective way to remove ticks.

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