Health Dept. warns against ticks

Health Dept. warns against ticks

Mosquitoes aren’t the only bloodsuckers to watch out for this summer.

Small brown ticks can also burrow into to skin and possibly spread disease.

Ticks mostly live in the woods and tall grass, but LaSalle County Health Educator Jenny Barrie says they can end up closer to home.

Young ticks can be as small as a poppy seed.

If you find one burrowed in you or a pet, Barrie says to grab it as close to the skin as possible and gently pull it out with tweezers.

Afterwards, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

Barrie says if signs of Lyme disease, like fever or rash, appear contact a doctor.

Covering as much skin as possible and wearing insect repellent can help keep ticks off in the first place.