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Ticks are expected to be a big problem this year



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – This year is expected to be rough for ticks. Doctors warn that because of the wet spring we have had so far, conditions are ideal for them. "I have no doubt that we will have a heavy tick season," said Dr. Thomas Rushton, an infectious disease specialist at St. Mary's Medical Center. "We know that the eggs we put in the winter will really start to shake every time we get the first rains, so right now, where we are."

р. Rushton says time also helps the grass grow and the leaves are on the trees, which gives the ticks something to hold on.

As this is going to be a bad season of ticks, doctors are asking you to check yourself, your kids and your pets when you come outside.

There are a few places you need to check when looking for ticks.

"You want to look at the back of your hair so there's a line of hair," said Dr. Rushton. "You want to look very carefully because it may look like a little break on the skin or a mole, but if it's a tick and you touch it, these legs will move, you may need a magnifying glass, the folds so the skin folds are also places where they would like to be ticks, it takes some time to find a place that she likes, bites and embedded so we want to remove all the ticks within 24 hours. "Doctors say you need to check and your clothes. When leaving, make sure you use an insect repellent. You can also wear bright clothes and long pants and shirts to keep them away from your skin.

Ali Shel says that now that she knows the tick season will be bad, she will change her routine with her family when they come every day.

"Now that I know it will be bad, I will check my kids more," Shell said. "We're trying to check Ruby every time we roll on the grass because we've found it before.

Although doctors say that only about 1

0% of ticks carry diseases, you still have to keep an eye on every bite you get.

Two serious diseases that doctors observe are Lyme disease and the Rocky Mountain.

р. Rushton says that black-legged ticks or deer ticks are the ticks that spread Lyme disease.


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