KIMT NEWS 3 – With our crazy spring weather, many are wondering what all the extra moisture will mean for the local bug population.
The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health says to expect an increase in ticks.
And where there are ticks, there’s the threat of lyme disease and other illnesses.
Health experts say it’s important to know what to look for if you think you’ve been bitten and that there are several ways to protect yourself.
Environmental Health Services Manager, Brian Hanft “Use some sense. If you’re going out into the woods, working outside. If it’s practical, long pants, long sleeves, tuck your pants in, wear light clothes and check yourself over and wear Deet mosquito spray. Those items are really important. People follow those instructions, shouldn’t have too many issues.”
Another fact: One antibiotic used to treat lyme disease is in short supply in Minnesota. Brian says ticks should be removed immediately.