Don’t Let The Ticks Hunt You!
If you’re looking forward to spending some time outside this spring leading into summer, doing a spot of fishing or hunting, then you may just want to read the following article. Many of us like to get back out into the open air after the winter months, so if you are looking to spend time in woodland areas in particular, you need to be mindful of what is lurking out there, that may not be so visible .
this year, due to the last season’s 2016 bumper crop of mast, something is going to be hunting us more than ever. Here are some hints: black, blood-sucking and a real bonafide dracula-like nasty little bug, actually an arachnid (spider family).Hunters and all who enjoy being in the outdoors need to take extra precautions especially this year and in 2018, against the deer tick, or bear tick. Beware of the Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapulars).
Ticks are not fussy eaters, so if you happen to be in close proximity to one, and it is feeling a little peckish, then you may become the next meal. Of course, it’s not just being bitten that’s the problem, the threat of tick borne illness, such as Lyme disease, needs to be taken very seriously.
If you do happen to find a tick about your person after a trip into the outdoors, then do you know how to remove one safely?
Here’s another useful article about staying safe and being able to identify the symptoms of Lyme disease.
A decade ago it was unusual to find a single tick after a northern NY wilderness weekend, but now in many places all you have to do is set foot in the brush and youre ambushed by hordes of black-legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks.Smaller and more difficult to see than most other ticks, deer ticks can transmit a number of serious diseases, including Lyme, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Powassan virus.
However you like to spend your leisure time outdoors, be sure to be on the lookout for these tiny creatures. Take precautions, wear sensible clothing and always make sure that you perform a thorough body check, upon your return home.