Virginia Is A Hot Spot For Ticks
Virginia is a hot spot for ticks! There are many varieties of these disease spreading critters and most of them have set up camp in Virginia, which means there’s a higher risk of infections, such as Lyme disease. The lone star and black legged tick have a very high population and they are responsible for transmitting the most diseases.
Stay away from the woods, advised Dr. David Gaines, state public health entomologist at the Virginia Department of Health. Dress properly, wear repellents on lower legs, wear treated clothing and tuck your pants into your socks because they get on your feet first.
Surprisingly, awareness when it comes to the dangers of ticks is still not high enough. Do you know how to identify one? There has also been an influx of bugs that look like ticks too, so it’s important you know what’s a tick, and what’s not!
Katie Clow says don’t be afraid, ‘we’d rather empower you to take preventative measures’ In all cases of ticks, Clow says people can take simple steps to stay safe and prevent tick bites. The tips are ones you’ve likely heard before: stay on marked trails, cover up as much as possible, wear light coloured pants, you can even tuck your pants into your socks, and use DEET,
Of course, you don’t just have to be in Virginia to be under the threat of ticks. These critters are widely spread across the globe. Wherever you are in the world, stay safe and spread the word that ticks suck! Literally!